“Hear what others say to you, but remain in tune with your own inner voice” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Randy Furtado by ©Cyndal L

Meet Randy Furtado…no relation to Nelly Furtado (apparently). In the few times that I’ve met Randy and gotten to know a bit about him, he’s always struck me as a down to earth laid back kind of guy who seems to be able to talk about anything. When my “assistant for the day” and I went to his house, he naturally sat on his couch and started chatting, while watching sports in the background. So naturally, I set up my lighting, pulled out my camera and that was that. I told him it would be quick and painless. – Cyndal L

Image © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Randy

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

A. One of the best memories I have from a past birthday is just getting a really nice note first thing in the morning about how I have impacted others and how this world would be a different place if I was not born on that day.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I remember being about 12 years old and we were on a family trip to Boston. My birthday happened to fall on one of the days that we were there and no one remembered that it was my birthday. It was a terrible feeling, but once my mother found out what day it was (she was making a credit card purchase) they made up for it by getting cake and having a little party.

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

A. I remember my dad putting some money that he had saved up on his own on my dresser in the morning before he went to work while I was sleeping. He then called from work to wish me a happy birthday and to tell me he put it there and to use it for whatever I wanted to and have fun.

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

A. I need to have either cheesecake or ice cream cake on my birthday. It is a must have.

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

A. Having a chance to reflect on where you have come from, what you have done and what you want to accomplish on your own timeline. So many aspects of life are attached to age and birthdays usually have people reassess aspects in their life that they want to change or where they want to head in the future.

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

A. We don’t really have any traditions other than getting together and having dinner and some cake. We usually go all out for the young children in our family. As you get older it becomes more about surrounding yourself with those that matter the most.