“At this moment, someone is flying” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Katie Bauer by ©Emily Dozois

“Katie is my youngest sibling, and I don’t have the right words to explain how much I love her. Sometimes watching her play or watching her nose crinkle into a giggle is so overwhelmingly beautiful to me that I need to pause and catch my breath. I have thousands of photos of her; I have watched her grow up through my lens. This was taken on an evening when she had dressed herself and dragged me out to watch her on the swings. She was in the middle of singing me a song about a little red wagon. I felt as if this image summed up some of my favourite things about her; from her impeccable sense of style and self to the free spirit and childlike joy that I love so much. ” – Emily D

Image © Emily Dozois

An Interview with Katie

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

A. When I turned seven because princess Elsa came to my party and she gave us tattoos and she sang songs from the movie like ‘Let It Go’.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. When I was turning five my party was outside and not a lot of my friends were there. I wanted my party to be somewhere else.

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

A. My mom surprised me when she invited Elsa to my birthday party and Elsa gave me a special necklace.

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

A. Cake!

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

A. Having fun!

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

A. [no answer]