“If death is the schoolmaster, then life is our homework” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jamie Forsyth by © Lori Maloney

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Laura

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

A. The month I turned 25, I received my university degree, stated my “big girl” job, signed the papers to purchase my first home, and I bought my first “adult” vehicle… all in the same few weeks. Needless to say it was a very exciting time!!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. When I was younger I needed to have a very small surgery… the appointment we were given was for my 9th birthday! I spent that birthday in the hospital but came home that night and I remember my dad had flowers waiting. Flowers fix almost everything :)

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

A. On my 18th birthday, my grandmother gave me a locket that her grandmother had given her on her 18th birthday. we shed some happy tears that day!

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

A. Not really but I do love a good Black Forest cake!!!

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

A. Celebrating the individual … you only get “one day” a year. Do whatever you need to do for you that day. Take a day off work, spend it with family, travel, whatever makes you happiest! And for someone else, treat them to a day of things they enjoy! Birthdays are meant to be celebrated!

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

A. Birthday cake!