“If not in this lifetime then in the next” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Kevin Clifford by © Mélissa Pelchat

“I cannot be impartial to Kev, because, since I’ve met him, I know what it’s like to laugh with my whole heart and feel loved for all of my “bits and bobs”. He has taught me never to worry too much and try to see the bright side of everything. Old ladies look at him with heart shaped eyes when he helps them out. He tries to show me how to defend myself but can only conclude that I’m as strong as “the shadow of half a squirrel”. He cooks better than… anyone. He takes the time to look at the stars and the mountains and say “It’s beautiful, huh, Mine?”. He swears God has a twisted sense of humor… but appreciates it all the same. He makes people laugh and smile and ahh… I’m just happy that he exists.”

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Kevin

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

A. I can’t really pick one in particular, but I can tell you that my mother, despite having 7 children, was – and still is – a wonderful mom and always made sure we had a fun birthday growing up.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad birthday… Even the ones I’ve spent by myself, I have found a way to enjoy that.

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

A. A t-shirt with the handprints of both my daughters, Haley and Ashley.

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

A. I do enjoy a good meal. One thing I liked was when my fiancée, Melissa, took me to a restaurant called The Ten Acres in Vermont on my birthday, and we sat down and ordered all the desserts that were on the menu. ALL of them. I guess we looked pretty happy because the waiter came to tell us that it inspired him to do exactly that with his wife the following weekend.

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

A. Taking a moment to realize that you’re a year older and think about what good happened during the last year and where you’d like to be heading in the coming year.

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

A. My family and I are not into the habit of giving gifts for whatever reason, but one thing we do is prepare a birthday meal with whatever the birthday boy/girl prefers.