“All words are lies” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Laura Luff by © Camila Gargantini

Image by © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Laura

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

A. My best birthday memory is from my 30th birthday, which I celebrated with my closest friends and family. My parents organized a lovely BBQ at their home, and surprised me with 3 delicious birthday cakes at the end of the evening. The highlight of the night, though, was when my husband and I announced the news that another “birth day” would be happening in a few months’ time….and that we were expecting our first child!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I was very fortunate to be able to travel around Australia with my husband during the summer of 2012. Unfortunately, the evening of my birthday was spent in a small town where our hotel accommodation had (kindly?) left out a note warning its guests of a recent “millipede infestation.” Yuck!!!

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

A. My husband, Will, took me to Mackinac Island around the time of my 28th birthday. This travel destination was on my bucket list since one of my favourite movies, “Somewhere in Time”, was filmed there. After defeating me in a game of mini-putt, Will and I walked along the water until we reached a beautiful gazebo surrounded by flowers and Adirondack chairs. Will then proposed to me on the steps of the gazebo. While he doesn’t consider the proposal or engagement ring to be birthday gifts, they were certainly lovely surprises that took place around the time of my birthday!

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

A. My favourite birthday food is my mom’s angel food cake with mocha icing! Also, when I was younger, my mom used to wrap coins up in tin foil, insert them into the angel food cake, mark their locations with toothpicks, and have every guest receive a small monetary surprise within their individual slice of cake. Surprisingly, no teeth were chipped as a result of this tradition!

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

A. The most important aspect of celebrating a birthday is being with your loved ones and – of course – eating lots of birthday cake!!

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

A. Whether it takes place on the person’s actual birthday, or a few days before or after….my family celebrates birthdays with a nice dinner together, the opening of cards and gifts, and – of course – cake for the birthday boy or girl. My husband and I have also started a new tradition which involves travelling somewhere new or exciting on my birthday.