“Everything has to be paid for sooner or later—even what is given away free” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Mallory Murray 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 best birthday memory was going to Las Vegas with my best friend for our 23rd birthdays. We did a joint celebration since we are 12 days apart. I couldn’t believe it when she told me she had booked the trip for the 2 of us. 

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My worst birthday memory has to be the hangover in Las Vegas. 

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

A. The present that most surprised me was a TV from my grandparents for my 11th birthday. 

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

A. The food that I must have on my birthday is cake of course. Cake, cupcakes or any other kind. It just isn’t a birthday without a cake.

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

A. The most important part of a birthday is being with friends and family and just having a good time. 

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

A. Every birthday my mom insists on singing “Happy Birthday” to me as early as possible and if my siblings are around they have to sing too. She does this for everyone!