“Verbal cuts do not heal as quickly as those made with a knife” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Callie Skiftun by © Lori Maloney

“It is so fitting (and probably no surprise!) that this open-hearted, generous, thoughtful, and creative being was born on Valentine’s Day! Callie exudes the type of soul-deep kindness that a person is simply ‘born with’…she is THAT person that anyone is so lucky to have in their circle!  Her mom and I go way back… ahhhh, the stories 😉 …and it was an absolute pleasure to spend an afternoon in the studio with them both! Wishing you ART, and DOLPHINS, and TREATS, and LAUGHTER, today and everyday! Callie, people like you (and your mom!) make LIFE BEAUTIFUL – thank you…happy SEVENTH, kiddo!  xo Lori”

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Callie

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

A. My 6th Birthday! We had it at home and had a Cake Boss theme and everyone got to decorate their own cake with a TONNE of candy!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I haven’t had a bad birthday… But the worst part of every birthday is when everyone leaves.

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

A. A present from my friend Bethany that was the same as the one I was going to get her…it was an art bright.

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

A. Most definitely cake and Doritos!

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

A. Celebrating with my family and friends!

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

A. I always pick a theme and special cake to make with my mom. We always invite friends to celebrate with us.