“Reflective thought can have as much influence on what happens around you as action can” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Kendal Torhjelm by ©Craig MacPhee

Image © Craig MacPhee

An Interview with Kendal

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

A. My best birthday memory happened on my 7th birthday when I got to celebrate my birthday in Vancouver. I got to go to a special day called We Day with my mom. My favourite part of the day was in the morning when the hotel brought me a cupcake.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I honestly don’t have one. All of my birthdays have been fun.

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

A. One year my brother gave me a really fuzzy big purple pillow for my birthday. I loved it and decided to change my whole room around it. I even got to do it that day!

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

A. Pretty much all kinds of fruit, and vanilla birthday cake. Yum!

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

A. Having lots of fun with your friends and family!

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

A. In our family, whosever birthday it is gets to pick the food that everyone eats for the day.