“Some desire, others admire” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Luis Palacios by ©Cyndal Lorch

“I think this photo portrays him perfectly. A super man, who is always quick to put a smile on everyone’s face. If you are fortunate to ever meet him, make sure you are prepared for his quick wit and constant stream of jokes. As a father and grandfather, I thought it would be nice to shoot his portrait outside in their AMAZING backyard infront of the chalk wall they created for the kids. I think it helps add a touch of his family spirit to the portrait. Thank you for being a part of our project!” – Cyndal L

Image © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Luis

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

A. The day my wife and kids gave this cute shirt hand painted that states “Dad, forever my hero, forever my friend”

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Don’t remember

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

A. Tickets to a concert

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

A. Cake!!!

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

A. We get together and smile a lot.

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

A. We sing the Happy Birthday song off tune, on purpose.