“At many tables there are only two types of eaters—the quick, and the hungry” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Nita Sproule by ©Lori Maloney

I’ve been asking my subjects to come up with an idea that helps portray who they are a little through their portrait, and I was thrilled with Nita’s choice, it seems so perfectly HER…you see, Nita loves to run, and often chooses this beautiful park near her home as her venue.  Views of the Rockies and the Bow River Valley… what’s not to love?! We met on a BEAUTIFUL spring morning to make Nita’s portrait and, obviously, to solve all the world’s problems 😉  I am so happy with this final portrait which, to me, conveys Nita’s sense of calm together with her determination, level of fitness, and love of nature. It was wonderful spending the morning with you, Nita, and I truly appreciate your participation in our project…thank you! – Lori M

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Nita

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

A. My 30th birthday was a BIG deal. I was anxious and felt like I wasn’t were I wanted to be and so I decided to have a party. I invited everyone and then some and had the BIGGEST backyard BBQ ever. Friends, family, work people, church people and even strangers came to wish me a happy birthday! I had the best day ever and loved it!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I think my 40th was my hardest. Earlier in the year, a good/old friend turned 40 and found out she had cancer. As my birthday approached I was sad and worried for her and me and felt how unfair it was that she had cancer and we were young and there was still sooooo much more to our life!

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

A. I got some sexy lingerie and bath soap from my roommate’s friend. I knew him but didn’t really know him. Everything fit perfectly and was super nice! He did work at Vogue and knew a thing or two about lingerie but still odd. LOL! My husband hasn’t even bought me any lingerie.

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

A. There isn’t one food or dish but one place that I like to go and typically plan to go to … my mom’s! She is an awesome cook and there is always my favourite and then some. Lots and lots of Italian food! Yum!

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

A. For me it’s always been about celebrating with family. I’ve had years of doing things alone and years I’ve been reflective and tried to set goals and accomplishments that I would like to do before my next. BUT in the end I go back to only wanting to celebrate (eat and drink) with my immediate family.

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

A. Not really unless you count getting together with family as a must. Right from when I was little it’s about mom and dad, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents getting together to say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!”, eating cake and having a visit.