“Without breakdown and decay there would be no rejuvenation” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
Image © Mélissa Pelchat
An Interview with Kim
Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?
A. One of my most beautiful birthdays was when I turned 25 years old! I celebrated my 25 years in Switzerland at the Fiesch mountain. That year was pretty special because I had spent it working and traveling and made fantastic encounters! People who will always hold a special place in my heart. I have created strong bonds and shared a lot of emotions with people whom I am still in touch with today. Although we only see each others maybe twice a year, it always feels like there was no time that came betweens us.
But back to my birthday, it was pretty special because we had reserved a cabin for ten persons from Quebec and Switzerland. A great skiing weekend! 25 years old is a number worth celebrating. I was far from my family, my boyfriend, my usual friends, and yet there I was, sitting at a table surrounded by all these new acquaintances, sharing a cheese fondue and drinking wine. And I felt as happy as though they were my own family. They were all there for me, to celebrate my birthday, in a magical place, the immensity of the Swiss Alps was breathtaking…
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. I can’t think of any, not on my birthday.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?
A. I can not say it was a surprise, but a really nice gift that come from my parents and that has been our very own tradition for more than 10 years now, is our family fishing trip that they offer us each year on our birthday, my brother and I.
A wonderful surprise I had this year for my birthday is an ukelele. I have been dreaming of it for over a year, thinking I would like to learn. I can now play “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.
Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist in eating during your birthday celebration?
A. I love pasta. Rosé, meat, gratin… I love them all! I even ask for seconds! And for dessert, ice cream!
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Celebrating my birthday, to me, it means one more year that adds itself to my personal path. I accumulate the good and bad shots that allow me to shape my own character, to discover myself, but even more importantly, that help me define what I want and who I want to be as an individual.
I like to live in the present moment and enjoy the good times. That’s why celebrating with the people I love and who are involved in the different stages of my life is very important to me.
Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?