“Discovering another person’s sexuality can be like learning a foreign language” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

John Breward by © Jeannette Breward

Image © Jeannette Breward

An Interview with John

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

A. On my 18th Birthday, my dad took me for my first “legal” drink. It was really cool hanging out with him. I wish I could do that again.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My 60th Birthday. My mother died a couple months before and while I should have celebrated the milestone of my 60th, I just wasn’t into it.

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

A. When I was 8 years old, my parents gave me a tape recorder. It was a really great surprise and I had a lot of fun times playing with it.

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

A. I love having home made hamburgers with noodles and gravy.

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

A. Just being able to get together with one’s family is the most important thing to me.

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

A. Singing Happy Birthday!