“A civilization that regards nuclear energy as important and cooking as trivial is surely headed for destruction” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Peggy Lauckner by © Lindsay Lauckner Gundlock

Image © Lindsay Lauckner

An Interview with Peggy

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

A. When I turned 60 my family had a surprise birthday party for me. And I was really surprised!!!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. As a child living at home most of my friends had birthday parties but my parents didn’t believe in us kids having birthday parties. I guess it made you feel not as special as your friends.

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

A. My husband gave me a Bose radio for my birthday one year & I was surprised as we didn’t a lot of extra money that year, and I so love my Bose.

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

A. No.

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

A. Getting together with family & friends.

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

A. We don’t have any special traditions except we have to have ice cream cake.