“A teacher teaches the student to teach himself” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Erika Maurer by ©Lindsay Lauckner

Image © Lindsay Lauckner

An Interview with Erika

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

A. I went to Vegas with my late husband and some friends, we had a blast! I wore a pin that said: “I am the birthday girl” and it had lights so everyone that came across congratulated me. Some even sang happy birthday.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I was in high school and was on my way to have lunch with my parents to celebrate my birthday and suddenly my car broke down in the middle of a street but it was a big car and it was impossible to move it so everyone was yelling really mean things to me and I started crying but then a mechanic came from nowhere and fixed it. They were three hours from hell.

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

A. A little card that my son wrote to me, he just learned how to write, it said: “Cungratulaishons cor your borday”. So sweet, I still have it on my fridge.

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

A. There has always to be cake.

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

A. It is very important for me to celebrate one’s or other’s lives. We have to be thankful to have the chance to live one more year and be with our loved ones to share and cherish every moment.

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

A. We sing a song called “Las mañanitas” and it is a very nice and cheerful song.