“When two parties are trapped in a bad situation, and one is incapable of thought or decision, the other must decide for both of them” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Kali Braithwaite by ©Lori Maloney

“Projects like this are fun for so many different reasons…one of which is the opportunity to connect with people you haven’t seen in a long time.  Kali’s mom, Lisa, and I went to school together, many moons ago ;), and I haven’t seen her in years!  Kali has lots of interests but her passion lies with horses and equestrian jumping…and so we arranged to meet at Kali’s training stables for the shoot and I LOVE this candid shot that we got!  Thanks, Lisa and Kali, for participating in The Birthday Book Project!  It was fun spending some time at the stables with you! Life is beautiful!” – Lori M

Image by © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Kali

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

A. When I turned 8, I went horseback riding with all my friends and I laughed at my little brother bouncing around on the saddle.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I like all my birthdays…but I was really sick on my 1st birthday and ended up in the hospital…luckily I don’t remember!

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

A. My first horseback riding lesson when I was 5 and also getting my ears pierced..both on my 5th birthday.

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

A. My mom makes me swedish pancakes for breakfast on my birthday!

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

A. Having time with my friends and getting our whole family together.

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

A. My Grandma Shirley always likes to be here when we wake up on our birthday…from Saskatoon!