Best Birthday Gift Ever

I celebrated my mmblmbrmbth birthday this past weekend (apologies, my pronunciation’s not so good these days) and received this most lovely gift from my dear friend & colleague Julie which I wanted to share here:

Chère Victoria,
je tiens à te souhaiter un bel anniversaire et je te souhaite rien du tout.
Imagine une boîte bien emballée comme un cadeau avec du papier rayé gris et vert.
Je te la donne.
Tu la déballes et tu l’ouvres.
Dedans il n’y a rien.
Bonne fête.
Je t’aime,



(Translation for my non-French-speaking readers)

Dear Victoria,
I wish you a happy birthday, and I wish you nothing at all.
Imagine a beautifully wrapped gift box in striped gray and green paper.
I’m giving this to you.
You unwrap it, and you open it.
Inside, there is nothing.
Happy birthday.
I love you,


Author: Victoria Stanton

Montreal-based performance artist, writer, and educator Victoria Stanton explores live action, human interaction, video, film, photography, and drawing.

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