“The phrase “I don’t know” is important in any language” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jill Cashman by © Cyndal Lorch

Image by © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Jill

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

A. When I was a kid, my mom would have close family and friends over for a birthday party. Back then, and especially in Newfoundland, it was much simpler. No bells and whistles like we do today. Games like pass the parcel, lucky napkin and musical chairs. Sandwiches, chips, pop and homemade birthday cake. I remember sitting on the counter licking the batter off the hand mixer beaters and the icing off the spoon. Those were special times! I mean, what kid doesn’t like cake batter and icing?!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t really have one. Not that I can remember anyway. Which is maybe a good thing – if there was ever a bad experience it must’ve been trivial.

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

A. My husband organized a surprise party for my 40th. It meant a lot to me that he took the time to do this and actually pulled it off.

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

A. Chocolate cake of any kind! I’m definitely a chocoholic. And overall foodie. So any of my favourite foods are a must – fish, seafood, sushi, Thai, or any craving du jour.

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

A. Being with family and friends and enjoying some time together. I’m not a materialistic person so I cherish those moments over gifts.

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

A. I don’t have any birthday traditions at this time. But after being part of this project I think I will have to create one! Likely being around water, fitting with my astrology profile.