“Dig a little deeper” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Cohen Wolbaum by ©Lori Maloney

“Cohen…man, you’re the coolest!  I LOVED that I got to do your shoot with you…I LOVED your ideas….I LOVED spending some time at the ranch with you, your mom and brother, along with Maguire and Finnley…and I LOVE that your final shot has those awesome tractors, that I know was your first choice for a backdrop, in it!  Seriously fun time and I hope YOU love this portrait for The Birthday Book Project!  You’re a great kid (as is that brother of yours!) and we’re so happy to call you all ‘friends’!  Thanks for being a part of the project, kiddo, and thanks to your mom for helping make it happen!  Good friends make life beautiful!  Love.” – Lori P

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Cohen

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

A. I’d say my seventh one. Just because it was fun. We went to the skate park. Lots of my friends were there.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t have bad memories – all my birthdays have been fun!

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

A. My scooter – because I really wanted one for a really long time.

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

A. Hotdogs, fruit and Cake!

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

A. Umm, having all my friends there.

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

A. Not really but we always sing, Happy Birthday!