“The true church is one’s own heart” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Kaitlin Cartwright by © Cyndal Lorch

Image by © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Kaitlin

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

A. I can’t pinpoint my favourite but this year we organized a dinner out at a local restaurant and then came back to our apartment for a party with some close friends. Lots of wine, good food and good friends.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I wouldn’t say I’ve ever had a bad birthday. They’re all good for different reasons. My champagne birthday (turning 27 on the 27th of April) is coming up 2019 so I’m hoping to organize something wild.

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

A. A few years ago, my fiance took me downtown and surprised me with a dinner at a delicious sushi restaurant and a bottle of rose. Afterwards we went to Yuk Yuks and had a great time. I love surprises!

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

A. Something with chocolate or peanut butter. I have a sweet tooth, so I like to mix it up and let my family or fiance choose! If I’m at home in Ottawa, my Oma will bake one of her famous German cakes for all of us to enjoy.

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

A. Just being around people who love you and make you feel special. I don’t need big gifts – if someone wants to make me something by hand or buy me something small with a lot of thought behind it, those are the best gifts. I love my birthday, and knowing that day is all about me.

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

A. Nothing fancy, it usually changes from year to year. When I was younger, my mom would bake a big cookie “birthday cake” and have a party. Nowadays, we go do something fun in Toronto, have a dinner out with friends, or have a party at our place.