Maturity does not exclude playfulness” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Hayden Smith by ©Emily Dozois

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?

A. No.