“We work for God. She’s a tough boss, and the pay isn’t always that good, but the rewards are there” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Chantel McRobert by ©Cyndal Lorch

“Chantel and her fiancé have a bit of a BIG thing for Disney. I can’t even remember how many times they said they’ve been, but its definitely more then the average person for sure. (Not to mention they have another trip to the magic kingdom coming up this year.} Their Disney love is what inspired me to use the “fairy dust” approach, and I quite like it. We might have gotten glitter everywhere, but thankfully we had an efficient cleaning crew (Thanks Jason!). Chantel also has a HUGE love for Eeyore, complete with an overwhelmingly large collection of Eeyore memorabilia. To top it off, she even got her nails specially done with Eeyore colours, complete with a little tail with a bow. How cute is she? In order to avoid any trademark infringement, we decided to use the magical glitter shot, rather then the photo of her swimming in her piles of stuffed Eeyores (I’m not kidding when I say there were a lot). Enjoy!” – Cyndal L

Image © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Chantel

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. The best birthday memory I have is when my fiancé threw me 2 surprise birthday parties. One when I turned 18 and another when I turned 25. So great to see all old friends again!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. No bad birthday memories come to mind. Everything is always happy on my birthday!

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

A. The present that most surprised me, was when my grandparents gave me money for my birthday. This may seem like a usual thing to get but my grandparents don’t have much money so they usually give all the grandkids just a card because there is too many of us. I got $100 from them for my 16th birthday. 

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?

A. Every year my mom makes home made lasagna for anyone that I want to invite over to the house.

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

A. The most important part about celebrating your birthday is being with the ones you love!

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. None.