“All the multiplicities of spaces and times exist in one Space and one Time” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Meghan Taylor by © Jeannette Breward

I was so excited when I found out that Meghan had gotten off of the wait list for Birthday Book and that I would get to photograph her. I had already photographed her mother, and I knew Meghan had been eager to be a part of the project as well. Meghan is a country girl at heart, epitomized by the fact that she was our local fair ambassador representing the Port Hope Fair at this year’s CNE. So when I asked Meghan where she would like to be photographed, I wasn’t surprised when she told me she wanted to do it out in the middle of the fields on their family farm – somewhere that she obviously spends a lot of time! – Jeannette B

Image © Jeannette Breward

An Interview with Meghan

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

A. When I was younger I used to spend the first week of every July at camp. Of course my birthday would always fall during that week. I would enjoy getting all the mail and post cards from my friends and family wishing me a happy birthday at camp.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I can’t say that I truly have a worst memory from any one of my birthdays. However, I have been told that on my 1st birthday I slept through the whole party and my family had to wake me up just for pictures and to eat cake.

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

A. Recently, I have taken an interest in honeybees and this year for my birthday my entire family pooled their money and gave me cash to buy all the bee equipment that I could possibly need to start my own bee hives.

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

A. We almost always celebrate my birthday outdoors, since it is in July. It is a tradition for us to make homemade ice cream on my birthday. We sit outside and have a BBQ and all take turns turning the crank on our ice cream maker. Nothing compares to good old-fashioned, homemade, strawberry ice cream.

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

A. If nothing else, birthdays always bring a family together. Birthdays are more than just a reason to celebrate and have a party. They give you time to reflect on the past year and to plan and make goals for the year ahead.

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

A. Birthdays are never a big ordeal in my family. We are always busy with the farm and by the time we get everything organized after chores it’s nice to be able to just sit down with family, have a relaxing evening, and eat good food. However, we always have homemade cake, never store bought, and we always sing “Happy Birthday” rather enthusiastically.