“Death, in terms of annihilation, is an impossibility” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Rod Ewig by © Camila Gargantini

“As I am getting ready to drive out to meet Rod, a pretty heavy storm decided to come down on us but I trusted my guts and kept the appointment we had scheduled. As I drove to the meeting location, Sunnybrook Park, I started wondering how could I possibly make it work with so much rain coming down. As fate would have it, as soon as we got there, the rain gave us a break and we had just enough time to walk to the rugby field, take about 20 frames and walk back to the car. It was quite entertaining to lay on the wet grass while Rod posed, all mighty, in his kilt.”

Image by © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Rod

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

A. For my 40th Birthday my wife threw an awesome party. The smashing of the piñata is my favorite birthday memory. It was the first time I had a party with a piñata. A blindfolded adult with a stick is remarkably dangerous.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My big brother passed away a month before his 25th birthday. Two years later I turned 25 and I was taken off guard by how sad I was to be older than my older brother.

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

A. It was this little wagon that had metal wheels and a wooden box. I would put a knee in the box and push along with my other foot. That wagon became a surprisingly important vehicle after my Dad backed over my trike.

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

A. Cake! No Birthday celebration is complete without a candle lit cake.

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

A. Spending time with my amazing family, reflecting on my life, and being thankful.

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

A. It’s the middle of July. I like to chill with a pint on a patio.