Maturity does not exclude playfulness” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
Image © Emily Dozois
An Interview with Hayden
Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?
A. I think it was my 9th birthday, we had a party and a bunch of animals came, snakes, and crocodiles and tarantulas and turtles. It was a lot of fun cause we got to hold everything and there was one snake that was yellow and it was a python. It was bigger than all of us sitting on the floor.
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. I haven’t really had any bad ones.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?
A. When I got my first big bike. My parents had it hidden so I didn’t know until they rolled it out.
Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?
A. For my last birthday I really wanted sushi even though only my mom and me ate it.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Just having people there to celebrate with you.
Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?