“Peaches please and onions bring tears, yet the peach is the one with the pit” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
“Married to the love of his life and father of their three children, Robert is a respected lawyer and an accomplished musician with solid values and a strong sense of humour. I have had the privilege of being his friend for the past twenty years and am still in awe of the passion he has for taking the best care of his family with a gift for balancing important teachings and playfulness. To more birthdays in your living room, Robert! 😀 Happy birthday!” – Mélissa P
Image © Mélissa Pelchat
An Interview with Robert
Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?
A. For my 30th birthday, my wife had tied a scarf around my head to hide my eyes and take me “somewhere amazing”. Some thirty minutes by car or so later, we arrived at the mysterious destination. With my eyes still covered, she guided me out of the car and inside this place that sounded so special, and took the scarf off. I could see she had managed to confuse me enough, because I was standing right in the middle of our living room, surrounded by all of my family and friends! This has been my only surprise party, but the surprise was perfect!
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. My birthday being on December 15th, it has often been associated to a stressful time, like exams in college and sleepless nights trying to get final papers done. The timing wasn’t always right to celebrate, but we’d catch up during the holidays that would follow.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?
A. For my 8th birthday, I was offered a beautiful big box that, I imagined at the time, was holding the toy of my dreams. The content, however, was suspiciously light. I was so disappointed, as a little boy, to discover that the box was filled with popcorn!
Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?
A. A good dinner with my family would be what I’d wish for. I’m not too difficult when it comes to what would be on the menu, but I would most definitely appreciate a good pecan pie!!
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Family gatherings, being surrounded by the people we love. Taking a little time to realize that we’ve grown a year older, appreciate where we’ve come to and think of where we’d like to be in the coming years.
Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?
A. We are supporters of the good old classic formula. Cake, the birthday song, candles and birthday cards will always be part of our birthday celebrations!