“We are given eyes to see and ears to hear, but what is required of the mind?” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Mallory Leeder by © Jeannette Breward

Image © Jeannette Breward

An Interview with Mallory

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

A. My sister and step father, who share the same birthday, have their birthday just 3 days before mine.  Growing up I don’t remember ever having my own family birthday cake or party.  I would always have to share this celebration with them and the cake would always have 3 names squeezed on, sometimes in a rushed fashion, coupled with a great rendition of happy birthday of people yelling everyone’s names in different orders.  

While I give my mother a hard time and sometimes make her feel guilty for never giving me my own birthday cake, it is a nice way to share my birthday and these are the memories I look back on and smile about.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. There are no particular birthdays that stand our to me as the worst.

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

A. When I first started dating my husband he surprised me with a few “practical” presents that I was very surprised to be receiving, one sticking out in my mind was a bug deflector for my car.  Practical, but not romantic 😉

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

A. If anyone knows me, they know that my all-time favourite thing is Rainbow chip boxed cake with vanilla icing.  Simple and delicious.

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

A. It is nice to be able to embrace my age and celebrate with my friends and family because not everyone has to privilege to grow old. 

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

A. The all-time classic rendition of singing Happy Birthday!