“A well-trained horse is not necessarily less exciting than a wild one” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Mary Boenig by ©April Cormier

Image by © April Cormier

An Interview with Mary

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

A. For my 50th birthday I had a gymnastics birthday party. We had so much fun and my friends were able to see a little bit of what it is I do for fun. There were some that could not do a forward roll, up to a former Olympic springboard diver. What a great day it was.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I am not sure I have any bad memories of my birthday. Maybe when I was younger and there was almost always snow.

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

A. I guess the best early present I received is the birth of my daughter. And Ironically she is the same one that gave me my greatest birthday surprise a couple of years ago. Both of my children are in university out of province (BC and SK), and my husband works up in Fort Mac most of the time. A couple of years ago, the daughter in SK – Saskatoon, drove home for two nights (In November) to take me for breakfast and dinner.

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

A. I enjoy birthday cake, Chocolate, and lots of it.

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

A. The most important part of a birthday for me is to be with my family, and the special people in my life.

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

A. For a birthday in my family we go out for either breakfast/brunch/dinner. For our girls, we allow them to bring a friend with them to help them celebrate.