“Acceptance of what happens is essential to the discovery of the truth” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Dave Derksen by © Cyndal Lorch

“Dave is a talented musician who currently resides in Vancouver. His girlfriend (aka better half and woman I adore) connected us for the project, and also happened to know someone who owned a music store we could use as our photo set. So off to the music store we went.

So when I say this man is a talented musician, I mean he seems to be able to play almost any instrument he gets his hands on…and he plays them well. Not like my amateur attempts. The music store was definitely his playground and the best choice of locations for sure. Since he owns a plethora of guitars, this was his backdrop of choice, and I think it suits him well. Thanks Dave!” – Cyndal L

Image by © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Dave

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

A. Well some of my favorite memories are the crazy cakes she would make for my birthday parties! She would spend hours and sometimes days making the most elaborate cakes, she would have killed it on Instagram.:) #cakestagram #cakeboss

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I don’t really have a bad memory on my birthday, but I have had no memory! 19th is very blurry I was told later that it was fun, but I am suspect! Also for some reason June 1st has become the hardest day of the year ;)!!

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

A. Well it was probably the 36 Birthday cards I got this year. I was adopted just a few days after I was born and just in the last year I was able to reconnect with my birth mother. This was the first Birthday that she could say Happy Birthday! to me she got me a card for this year and every year that she missed. It was a great surprise!!

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

A. Would have to be Lobster!! I was not able to eat it for a long time, so now I am making up for all the years I missed!!!

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

A. Well just being able to celebrate with the people I love is the most important…oh ya and the fact that I made it another year 😉

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

A. Well I love Joe Fortes in Vancouver, BC. I make it there every year for my birthday.