“That which offers no resistance can be harder to push” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Uyen Johnson by © Lori Maloney

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Uyen

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

A. I love food! So a surprise gathering of my closest friends at a restaurant that I had been wanting to try out was so lovely. Especially since my birthday usually falls on the family day weekend, I felt so honoured that everyone took time from their own family celebration to celebrate my birthday that year.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I can’t say I ever had a bad birthday before but my mom did forget to call me one year, lol. She blamed it on her old age.

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

A. My husband surprised me with tickets to a Jack Johnson concert in Vancouver. It was extra special because our wedding song, “Better Together” is by this artist as well; it was amazing to hear it live.

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

A. Dairy Queen ice cream cake is my favourite.

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

A. Spending it with your loved ones and creating memories year after year.

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

A. Honestly, because my husband’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day and my birthday is on the 17th, we usually will celebrate by just doing a dinner with the two of us. With the addition of my daughter born in September of 2016, we will celebrate with the 3 of us now. Three Musketeers!