“Stretch only as high as you can, but a stepladder may help you reach a bit higher than that” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Kelly Richer by © Emily Dozois

Image © Emily Dozois

An Interview with Kelly

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

A. I would have to say my 30th birthday. It was just such a memorable year. I turned 30, & married the man I love a week later. We then purchased our first home and announced our first pregnancy shortly after that, all within the same year.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Not sure, maybe the worst is yet to come! Lol.

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

A. I’d say my diamond necklace from my husband. It was a month after our 3rd son was born, it was a birthday gift that I thought was too much. He said it was more of a thank you gift for giving him our 3 boys :)

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

A. Growing up Mom’s key lime pie was a favourite over any sort of cake! It would even beat out dairy cream ice cream cake!

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

A. Building memories and capturing moments with family and friends. It wasn’t until I reached my 40th birthday that I REALLY realized that time is never stopping! Days, weeks, months, & years just keep creeping by. Time will never slow down. Our birthdays mark a special day every year that we should all try to stop and reflect on all of our todays, tomorrows and yesterdays.

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

A. The birthday boy or girl gets to pick their favourite meal for dinner. In our household it can be anything from Chinese take out to Kraft dinner!