“There is no power greater than the power of love” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Self portrait by © Jeannette Breward

Image by © Jeannette Breward

An Interview with Jeannette

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

A. It’s hard to think of just one to pick. All of my birthdays as a kid were full of fun – usually a small group of friends sleeping over, eating a delicious cake that my mom always baked and decorated from scratch, playing games, giggling, and staying up as late as possible.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I think my worst would probably be the birthday I celebrated when I was attending my first year of Ryerson in Toronto in 2004. I was a pretty quiet and introverted person at the time, so living in the city was hard for me as I didn’t connect with many people my first year there. All of my family and friends were back at home, so it felt pretty lonely!


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

A. Taking the time to celebrate the past year, and all that it has brought you. Looking forward to the year to come and just celebrating life!

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

A. My husband’s family on his mother’s side has a tradition that I’ve been exposed to since we started dating. It is small, but always makes me laugh when new people are brought into the fold and experience it. Everyone gets together as a group for dinner/cake/etc. When the cake is brought out, everyone of course sings Happy Birthday. However, they then follow it up by singing Happy Birthday AGAIN, this time at super speed. The second go through ends with everyone belting out “AND MANY MOOOORE”, followed by “Boop boop be doop!” for some reason that is still beyond me!