“The mind is outside” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jabeen Dharamsi by © April Cormier

Image by © April Cormier

An Interview with Jabeen

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. Skydiving on my 21st Birthday!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. When I was in grade 2 I had a birthday party at McDonald’s and because I had a summer birthday everyone forgot to come to it! My parents did the best they could to keep me happy. 

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

A. Walking into my room and having my entire room filled with gifts, flowers, balloons and teddy bears! My closest friends managed to decorate my room without me having any idea!

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. Ice cream cake.

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

A. Celebrating with the ones you love the most!

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. Every birthday we gather at my aunt’s house and have a feast! It’s a tradition to have every member of the family feed the birthday girl/boy cake and take many, many pictures.