“Having a fantasy is only the beginning” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Diane Dauphinais by © Mélissa Pelchat

“Diane is an actress and an acting coach for kids, but also, an adoring mother, a loving wife and a precious friend. In other words: an extraordinary woman. Her sensitivity and unfailing energy are a blessing for those around her and one can always count on a big loving hug and tender and encouraging words from her. She has a way to make those she meets welcome and cared for and her refreshing liveliness will brighten anyone’s day.” – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Diane

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

A. On my 65th birthday, my daughter, Laurence, invited all of my friends to a karaoke party, including one I had not talked to since an argument we had over 20 years ago. When we saw each other, we were moved to tears and promised never to part again.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. None to tell…

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

A. A door. I love luminosity and had been expressing a few times the wish to have a door in the entrance that would allow the light to come in (we had a plain door, back then). My daughter, who was 14 at the time, bought one with her own money and, with the help of a friend, hid it in her room, under her bed. Of course, the door was too big and you could see part of it, so my daughter forbade me to enter her room until my birthday came. On the morning of my birthday, she gave me the door and we have installed it, and now the house is filled with beautiful light!

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

A. Because my birthday is in May, one would think that I might be wishing for some delicious fresh lobster, but I’m really happy with whatever the celebration meal is. I will admit, though, that if it includes cheese, I’ll be extra grateful

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

A. When it’s my birthday, I still feel like a little girl. I’m excited to receive all the spoken and written birthday wish. I catch myself singing… My birthday makes me want to sing!

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

A. Now that my parents have passed away, things have changed, but when they were around, birthdays would always bring all the family together. And there would ALWAYS be cake.