“Does the dog wag the tail, or does the tail wag the dog?” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Marie-Pierre Couturier by © Mélissa Pelchat

“I have met Marie-Pierre for the first time when I took her portrait. Easy-going, she patiently allowed me to drag her around the park for the best spot and cheered me up with her laughter as we fought the elements together (a too harsh sun, a crazy, chilly wind, unstable rocks…). There is a softness to her that covers an obvious inner strength and joy that all of the lucky people around her, I’m sure, get to experience in her company. Marie-Pierre, happy birthday!” – Mélissa Pelchat

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Marie-Pierre

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

A. I would say at the dawn of my 30 years, my family and friends surprised me during the summer, 6 months from my actual birthday, for a garden party in my honor! Everyone was there, it was one of the most beautiful day that was given me to have on my birthday! My sister had orchestrated everything, my father had even rented a tent and a ‘’mobile toilet’’ ! …I never suspected anything! My face was surely worth 100$! I told myself: “OK… They’re here for me, that’s for sure, but WHY?”. The promotion I just had perhaps? … It’s only when they shouted “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” that I understood I was turning 30 in the next few months! hahaha

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t think I have any. Being born a 24th of December has its disadvantages, but it also has the great advantage to be able to celebrate each time with the family, far from the everyday’s worries!

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

A. On my 30th – Skydiving certificate – That was a dream coming true and was actually a wonderful experience I cherish. And I WILL go back that’s for sure.

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

A. Not specifically. There is actually one that I refuse eating… Xmas yule log as a birthday cake. ;P

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

A. Share moments with my family and friends. That’s really what I enjoy the most and what makes me happy.

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

A. On birthdays in my family, we always organize a great dinner that we all share together, and the birthday girl/boy never gets to see their cake before dessert time. Just as the old fashion way, we turn off the lights, we sing happy birthday and they then open their eyes to discover the beautiful cake that we concocted for them. It adds a special touch to every celebration.