“Death can be viewed as a chance to recycle” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Edna Martin by ©Lori Maloney

This year Edna Martin, will be turning 95 and so far, she the oldest subject we have captured for The Birthday Book Project. I believe there is no better way to celebrate life than to capture the lively spirit of someone that has seen it all and is not afraid to share a honest smile. – Camila G

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Edna

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A.  They’ve all been good… we’ve always had fun!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Not the worst but I do remember, when we were young and times were tough, that we didn’t really celebrate or get presents…but, then, we did’t expect anything. There wasn’t any money, times were tough, that’s just the way things were.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. I can’t recall ever being surprised, just happy.

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist in eating during your birthday celebration?

A. We have always shared a good meal, and we’ve always had cake and ice cream!

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Oh! Just being together with friends and family.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. Our family has always made a point of being together for a dinner.