“What do you see when you live at the center of the cyclone?” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jocelyn Reynolds by © Lindsay Lauckner-Gundlock

Image © Lindsay Lauckner

An Interview with Jocelyn

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

A. My favourite part of every birthday is being in a room surrounded by the smiling faces of people I care deeply for.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. On one of my birthdays, while I was out for dinner my apartment was broken into and my laptop was stolen. Needless to say that was a major bummer.

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

A. A record player. It was such a thoughtful gift it knocked my socks off.

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

A. Not one in particular, but I’m sure to follow through with every craving I have that day.

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

A. It’s an opportunity to really, actually check in with myself, and to celebrate the failures & successes of the year past. I also daydream about the year ahead. Also, partying.

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

A. I like to spend part of the day alone to have some time to reflect on the past year, and then gather with loved ones.