“People generally shout at each other when they are far away” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Peggy Dozois by ©Emily Dozois

“I was surprised when my mom told me she wanted to take part in the Birthday Book Project, because she never lets me take her photo. Because of this, I knew she wouldn’t want to pose and smile for me, so I waited until the day of my aunt’s wedding and snapped a sneaky candid. I’m grateful for this project, because now I have a photo of my mom that I never would have taken.” – Emily D

Image © Emily Dozois

An Interview with Peggy

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

A. Going shopping at the Rideau Centre for my 13th birthday. We lived in the country so going to the core of the city was a big deal!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t ever remember having a particularly bad birthday. I don’t have any great expectations for a birthday, just another day of my life.

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

A. A Montreal Canadiens jersey (Russ Courtnall) for my 16th birthday. My dad bought it for me. Usually my parents bought one gift from both of them, but he & I shared a love of hockey. I still have it and my father died 18 years ago, so that makes it even more special.

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

A. Not at all, as long as it’s take-out so I don’t have to cook or clean the kitchen!

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

A. Just getting together for a family meal. We are a family of six and I love how excited the younger ones get for every else’s birthday!

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

A. I always make sure we are together for a meal and I bake the dessert of their choice. Sometimes it’s birthday cake, cheesecake, brownies, cupcakes, whatever they want!