“Home can be a state of mind” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Keith Wells by ©Mélissa Pechalt

Originally from Oregon, Keith moved all the way to the little town of Moultonbourough, NH, to be with the love of his life and her two children, whom he loves like his own. His warm laughter, his sense of humour and his endless patience (although sometimes accentuated with an appropriate eyeroll), not to mention his divine talent when it comes to the art of BBQing, make Ketih someone everybody loves. He is the epitome of a good man. – Mélissa Pechalt

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Keith

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

A. When my girlfriend and my step children took me to Maine for a surprise mini vacation. We stayed right on the ocean, it was magical. 

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My first birthday after losing my mother.

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

A. Yamaha dirt bike!

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

A. BBQ – Although I usually have to cook it myself.

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

A. I see no significance. Birthdays have never been that important to me.

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

A. Traditional: cake and ice cream.