“Is the intent of clothing to hide or reveal?” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Peter Atkin by © Cyndal Lorch

Image by © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Peter

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

A. Spending an evening at Sin E, a traditional Irish pub, in Cork, with my wife MaryAnn. Smoky, with a peat fire, loud, with traditional sessions musicians stuffed in the back corner and a great buzz of camaraderie amongst the friendliest people imaginable.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Teenage angst after breaking up with girlfriend late in September.

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

A. A trip to Ireland came a huge surprise. We hadn’t travelled to Europe before and it was totally off the radar.

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

A. I guess it would have to be butter tarts and Kawartha Dairy ice cream

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

A. A gathering of the family if possible, would be important for most birthdays as well as the birthday music playlist.

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

A. We re-celebrate the sixteenth birthday for the females with the playlist. Sixteen Candles, Only Sixteen, You’re sixteen, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Sweet Little Sixteen, and for me Bryan Adams, 18 Till I Die.