“The most amazing place you will ever be in your life is where you are right now” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Megan Bauer by ©Emily Dozois

Megan is my first little sister. We have an eight year age difference, and she’s at the age now where she is starting to have trouble relating to both me and our younger sister. She’s beginning the dreaded tween years that I cringe to look back on. She is also one of the most sensitive people I have ever known – she feels things more deeply than I wish she would. She has too many questions for me about the world that I can’t answer. She is leaving behind the carefree little girl she has been to grow into the person she is meant to be. It’s the in-between moments like these that I think capture her spirit accurately though, because she is not yet too old to laugh and play with the reckless joy that is only found in childhood. These are the moments I hope she holds onto when she is overwhelmed with the injustices she is sure to see in the world. – Emily D

Image © Emily Dozois

An Interview with Megan

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

A. We rented out the youth centre all my big sisters’ friends set up different activities for me and my friends.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. When I turned ten I woke up on my birthday and I wasn’t feeling well. I sent the cupcakes that I made to school for my class but when I got the container back at the end of the day there were none left for me to try.

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

A. I was surprised to get a skateboard because I had never tried skateboarding before.

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

A. Cake or cupcakes.

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

A. Being with my friends.

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

A. [no answer]