“After all, you are everything that happens around you. What else do you know?” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Jonathan Siqueira by © Camila Gargantini

Image by © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Jonathan

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

A. I’m not completely sure that this is the best one, but it’s interestingly one of the very few memories I have that go back to when I was 3-4 years old. My parents had taken my brother and I to Brazil for my 3rd birthday and I remember this cake that had a ramp on one side and was riddled with little plastic cowboy and Indian toys (similar to those little plastic soldiers that were moulded as one piece). We were celebrating in my grandparents or uncle’s house in Londrina, and I specifically remember being so excited that my cake has these toys on it. Suffice to say that I could care less for the cake itself and just wanted to pull the figurines off and play with them. No beer was consumed on this birthday.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My worst birthday memory was in 2012, which marked the year that my father passed away. He had passed in late August after battling cancer and considering his state by the time July had come, I was in little to no mood to celebrate my birthday. It was ultimately insignificant in light of what my father and family were going through.

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

A. Probably when my wife had arranged for a group of friends to all pitch in to get me a $300 Golf Town gift card. I had just started playing golf the year-isn before and grew to really enjoy the activity. I had purchased a putter, and many tees and balls along the way (I’m not particularly good and lose many balls as such). I stretched that “baby” out and the gift card lasted about two more seasons after I received it (again, many balls were lost along the way and needed replenishment)

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

A. I’m not really one to be insistent on this matter, but if I had to choose I’d say Chicken Schnitzel! Love that sh!#!

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

A. Spending time with the people that are important in one’s life, acknowledging one’s self-worth and value, and lots of beer…mmmm, beer.

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

A. Consuming lovely beer and eating good food. Likely a tradition shared by many-a-Canadian…sorry!