“To accept and even enjoy advancing age is one of the great arts of living” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Nathan Elson by ©Craig MacPhee

Image © Craig MacPhee

An Interview with Nathan

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

A. My Dad used to take me camping on my birthdays as a kid and every morning he would make me ‘campfire toast’. Such a simple concept but it stuck with me my whole life, and is now something I do for my own children.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. One of my best friends was killed in a car accident the day before my 25th birthday. It was the first time I had lost a friend.

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

A. Nothing jumps out of the ol memory blocks as particularly surprising.

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

A. I’m a pretty low maintenance type of fella so I don’t insist on anything. If asked my response is usually a nice steak.

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

A. When I was younger it was more about the party, nowadays it’s more about who I spend it with.

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

A. Nope.