“Fate indeed casts a long shadow, but keep your own light shining” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jasmine Xu by ©Mélissa Pelchat

She looks like an angel, talks like an angel, walks like an angel… but hey no need to get wise, that’s just how she is! You can even add: sings like an angel. I have met Jasmine years ago when she was just that tall *shows a height that’s exaggeratedly short* back in the days when her lovely mama used to show me how to play erhu (chinese violin). An accomplished musician, she also has an eye for taking beautiful pictures. Some people just got it all! So here she is, that gorgeous senior girl who has a luminous future ahead of her, the face of January 25th, ladies and gents, I present you: Jasmine Xu. – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Jasmine

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

A. That huge butterfly piñata I had for my 6th birthday to break into pieces with my friends… Finally didn’t have the courage to break it apart so I kept all the candies for myself. My friends weren’t all that happy though…

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Hmm… I’d have to say finding cake stuck on my sofa and tons of food lying on the ground wasn’t the best feeling ever… 17 was such a wonderful number! But hey I still had fun cleaning all that mess afterwards with some of them generous gents and lads (cheers to y’all) so it wasn’t that bad after all!

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

A. One of my girlfriends baked me a cake… but not just any cake… A MONTREAL CANADIENS THEMED CAKE! How epic is that? You can’t get anything better. (go habs go)

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

A. Cake is a classic, but what’s even MORE classic in the mighty Xu family is how you get to get the cake done… and by that I mean there’s always a little food/cake fight. You can’t get away without having frosting all over you that’s for sure.

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

A. It’s all about spending good times with the people you love. 😀 (I know that was cheesy and pretty obvious)

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

A. Nope. Eat cake. That’s all that matters.