“When one door closes, another door opens” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Mark McCullough by © Aaron McCullough

“Mark is my older brother. He is a real live Liverpudlian (born in Liverpool). He loves fast cars and mountain biking. Uphill, downhill or across hill. He travels the world with his mountain bikes. As far as big brothers go I got lucky. Although he is seven years my senior, his birthday is the day after mine!” – Aaron M

Image © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with Mark

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

A. Celebrating my birthday in our home on Vancouver Island with my friends and family. We had a huge feast and then went for a fantastic walk on Long Beach. It was a beautiful spring day, everybody was laughing and screaming and we were all having so much fun!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. The worst was celebrating my first birthday without my Dad, after he passed away. We’ve always celebrated my birthday together with my wife and the rest of my family. Not having him there to help me celebrate my birthday just wasn’t the same. He was a huge part of me and I miss him greatly.

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

A. After my Dad passed away my Mom gave me his wedding ring which I’m still wearing.

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

A. Yes, I have had one desert every year since I can remember. An Oreo log cake with tons of whipping cream. There has never been a birthday without that on our table.

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

A. Laughter… it makes me so happy to hear people laughing and enjoying the occasion!

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

A. My wife and I always dress up in our finest for my birthday.