“Though a million miles away, the Sun touches our very skin” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Nieves Calaycay by © April Cormier

Image by © April Cormier

An Interview with Nieves

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. I spent the day of my 30th birthday with my best friend and watched the movie Death Becomes Her. We laughed a lot at the repairs Roseanne and Meryl were doing on each other. OR I spent another birthday with my little sister driving all over Edmonton buying panties.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. A person I dated for a few years proposed to me in a card and asked me for $400 for parts he put on a motorbike he “gave” me for my birthday. Worst proposal and birthday ever!

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

A. I was visiting my BGBFF (best gay boy friend forever) in Vancouver and he got me a cake and threw a little party for me.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. Cake. There must be cake or the birthday is delayed.

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

A. I think the most important part is spending time with people to celebrate life…and CAKE

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. No. I seriously thought of making 1 up just for this questionnaire so I would seem interesting. I have actually forgotten my birthday in some years, looked on my social media, and was surprised.