“Non-movement can be the most challenging stance” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Kyla Beauchamp by © Joel Robison

Image by © Joel Robison

An Interview with Kyla

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

A. Fitting all of my friends into my Toyota Turcell and driving around the property.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Birthdays alone are the worst. Too many to count have come and gone with no pause for celebration. And without mentioning it’s your special day nobody else would even notice. But everybody wants to be special and important enough to be thought of at least once a year.

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

A. My parents were having a rough time and asked that we not do large parties one year, I was fine with it, but I was also alone and 13. They surprised me by taking me and my best friend out for dinner anyways. It was the best birthday present to have. Time with a friend.

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

A. Not exactly, but I tend to splurge on some of the finer things in life during November.

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

A. It’s important for every person to know they are valued and loved enough to be thought of by those around them whom they have a close relationship with. It reaffirms a person’s value and worth and core values knowing they have those bonds.

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

A. We don’t have any traditions, but I wouldn’t mind starting a few.