“At any moment you may be asked for what you least expect” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jessica Barkhouse by © Craig MacPhee

Image © Craig MacPhee

An Interview with Jessica

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

A. Every birthday that I am still breathing is a good one. I have learned that with each passing birthday, I need to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself, to live life to the fullest and have no regrets.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. The worst birthday I had was my 29th. I fell into a funk about being in my last year of my 20’s. When I was younger, 30 just seemed so OLD…

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

A. I think the present that surprised me the most wasn’t even a present at all, but more the presence of people. For my champagne birthday, a group of friends organized a party for me at their camp, where a bunch of people showed up to celebrate with me. It was a great party with a great group, with loads of wonderful memories.

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

A. I usually get seafood Alfredo from my favorite restaurant and ice cream cake, ALWAYS ice cream cake.

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

A. Surround yourself with people that bring out the best in you. Who honestly care for you, and want to celebrate your day! Oh, and ice cream cake. ALWAYS have ice cream cake.

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

A. Did I mention eating ice cream cake? Besides ordering food from my favorite restaurant, I always try to do something fun and ‘adulty’ with my closest friends. Being with the people I love makes me the happiest.