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