“The grand pattern of the universe is not our design” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Lutina Mortensen by © Lori Maloney

“Lutina found out about our Project through another participant that I was lucky enough to photograph (thanks, U.!), and I am SO HAPPY she signed up!  Her sparkling eyes and warm smile are a mere flickering of the kind woman she is in person…and, if that wasn’t enough, we also ended up with a glorious Spring morning for our shoot!  Thank you, Lutina, for being such a gracious participant (not to mention accommodating that early morning ‘call time’!)…Finnley and I had a ball working with you!  Life – and the people we get to meet – is beautiful!”- Lori M

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Lutina

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

A. My mom calling me to sing happy birthday.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. The first year my mom forgot my birthday (due to dementia).

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

A. A photo book that my daughter made for me.

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

A. Nothing in particular, but I dislike cake and ice cream, so edible arrangements are the way to go.

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

A. Family.

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

A. When I was younger, we would wait in bed and our parents would come in singing happy birthday. When I was really young, my mom would bake cakes with quarters, dimes and nickels in it.