“The shadow side of the personality can only be ignored for so long” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Samson Franklin by © Lori Maloney

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Samson

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

A. When I was 5 I had my first party with friends. The theme was pirates and my mom made a huge cardboard pirate ship for us to play in which was my favorite part. We dressed up in pirate gear, went on a treasure hunt and found a chest of candy, and my mom made a cake with a picture of me on it as a pirate. It was really fun.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t have any.

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

A. A friend wasn’t able to make it to my party one year, but he still gave me a gift. It was a LEGO set that I had wanted which made it even better since I love LEGO!

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

A. It’s not my birthday without my mom’s chocolate cake or cupcakes. It’s so hard to describe how good they taste.

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

A. Family. The ones you are born with and the ones who become family because you love them.

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

A. Every year my parents let me pick what I want to do on my day. It could be going out to dinner, or watching a movie, or going to pick out LEGO, or to buy a new book. It’s my day to decide.