“We are all swimming in the same bowl of soup” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jane Hall by ©Camila Gargantini

Jane moved to our building shortly after we moved in. I remember walking by her apartment and deciding to stop by to say hi and introduce myself. Ever since that day, whenever we cross paths around the building, there is one thing she never fails to ask me: “Where is the winnie?” referring to my Dachshund dog called Charlie. – Camila G

By © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Jane

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. A surprise visit from my two sisters to Canada for my 65th birthday, from Jamaica. And for my 60th, my oldest brother came from England to Jamaica so we could all be together. Six siblings’ families.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I cannot remember one…

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

A. A necklace that a good friend of mine from Florida gave to me a long time ago…

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?

A. Birthday cake made by me.

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

A. To celebrate life, adding maturity, knowledge and wisdom to life.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. Not really.