“Blind adoration and allegiance have no real place in spirituality” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Michael Innocent by © Mélissa Pelchat

“Through the years, every time I have seen Micha, I have always been delighted by the new things I got to know about him and never have I left him without a big smile on my face. We share a passion for photography and The Three Musketeers, a love for The Food Network, a common friend and cakes eaten with a tiny spoon. He is incredibly smart, gives the best advices (and only when you ask for them, which… thank God for you, Micha), has a million dollar smile, makes me laugh like mad, and could teach classes about how to be the best dad in the world (SERIOUSLY!). What a treasure… Ladies and gentlemen, someone I’m very proud to call my friend, Michael, born November 11th. Happy birthday, Micha!” – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Michael

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

A. A friend of mine once made a long trek to come and visit me for my birthday. It was totally unexpected. But I was really touched by the gesture.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Being born in November, I expect it to get cold. But a snowstorm on my birthday was not cool at all.

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

A. My family once surprised me with a live band (right in the living room at my birthday party).

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

A. Not really. I like to try different meals as much as possible.

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

A. For me, it’s being surrounded with the people I love (family, close friends, etc.).

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

A. Our family tradition, on the birthday of one of the family members, is that we always make it a point to meet and have a celebratory meal together.