“When a child is hungry it must be fed” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Lauren Armstrong by © Lindsay Lauckner Gundlock

Image © Lindsay Lauckner

An Interview wtih Lauren

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

A. A bunch of us were at a restaurant in Montreal when my friend pulled out her cell phone with a piano app on it. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to me in different languages while my friend played the piano.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. It’s a tie! My 30th birthday I must have had too much hair spray on and got too close to the candles on the cake. My hair caught on fire. Some friends helped put out my hair while others took pictures. This birthday my friends and I passed a festival handing out free antiwrinkle cream. My friends forced me to take them while reminding of my age.

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

A. One year I received a makeup bag full of salt and vinegar packets. It was actually a really thoughtful gift as I kept my limited makeup in a zip lock bag & had an obsession with salt and vinegar.

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

A. A must is a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake. A must.

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

A. Family and friends. It’s an excuse to have everyone together again.

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

A. Birthday cake and pictures with the family…then we all go our separate ways like it never happened.