“Nietzsche was fond of saying that acts of love take place beyond good and evil” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Robert Parle by © Mélissa Pelchat

“Robert Parle is a prolific art director who has worked on numerous movies, including high budget blockbusters such as “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Arrival”. I must admit I only realized who he was the day before I met him, but our friendly exchanges prior to us meeting forbade me to feel intimidated. That feeling of easiness was confirmed when I saw Robert waiting for me at the door of his charming country house that he and his lovely wife had been building for years together. Welcoming, he showed me one of his favorite spots for fly fishing, patiently walking further and further upon my request, despite a bad cold, and occasionally sharing the name of a beautiful flower we’d encounter. When we came back, I was introduced to Robert’s delicious lemon and ginger water (a recipe I stole from him) and enjoyed the visit of a hummingbird as the lake behind us shone under the warm sun. Robert is a simple man with a big vision and I hope he will, one day, touch the Everest, as he wishes to.” – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Robert

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

A. My best memory is when I was 8 years old, my mother allowed me to do the dishes from my party all by myself. It was, for me, a moment of being in control and not have to fight with my brothers and sisters for my space. It was such a good feeling!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. On my 18th birthday, I was sure to have a big party with my friends, but they forgot. I spent all evening all by myself in a bar with strangers. Very sad.

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

A. A pair of skates (Adidas). They were unique: no skates had that shape.

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

A. No, I love to be surprised.

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

A. Happy people and lots of them. Just positive attitude and conversation. Love.

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

A. No.