“The mirror sees nothing—it only reflects” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Heather Olsen by © Cyndal Lorch

“Heather is a loving and supportive stay at home mom who has an appreciation for photography and is also the author of a blog called “Raising Memories” (www.raisingmemories.com). A blog based around fun things parents can do with or for their kids, so it was only fitting that we incorporated a kids theme into her portrait. Thank you Heather for being a part of our project and patiently working with my schedule to get this done.” – Cyndal L

Image by © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Heather

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

A. Anytime someone plans something and manages to totally surprise me- those are my favourite memories, whether it’s a full surprise party or just a note that says, “Get ready because I’m taking you out for breakfast at your favourite place.” I love it when someone takes the time to think about what I would like to do and then surprises me with a plan.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. When I turned 13, I had the chicken pox! That was a pretty miserable experience at that age, so I’d say it was the worst!

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

A. When I was in University, a couple of friends wrote a ransom note, telling me to go to a certain place, then they “kidnapped me” (put a pillowcase over my head & put me in a car). I knew who they were by their voices, so I wasn’t scared or anything. They drove me to a really fun ice cream place, just outside of town. When we got back, I walked into a surprise birthday party!

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

A. Strange as this may be, I love having Cream of Wheat with brown sugar for breakfast on my birthday. Growing up, our tradition was breakfast in bed for the birthday girl and I really liked Cream of Wheat, so that was my meal of choice. Now Cream of Wheat reminds me of special breakfasts in bed and brings back happy memories.

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

A. I think the whole point of celebrating a birthday is to help the birthday person to feel loved and appreciated- that we’re happy they were born!

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

A. We do breakfast in bed on birthdays and for our kids, we hang streamers from their bedroom door. We like to surprise our kids by decorating in a fun way (one daughter’s birthday is in December, so we decorated the Christmas tree with a garland of Pop Rocks candy- her favourite- for her to find on her birthday morning).