“We must learn when to indulge and when to deny hunger” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Shanyn Silinski by @ Lori Maloney

“Optimistic, accommodating, and kind…these are obvious traits that come to mind when I think of my new friend, Shanyn. I travelled out to shoot her where she lives and we talked kittens, photography, kids, and friends in common. Shanyn, thank you for your enthusiasm with our project and for participating…I’m sure our paths will cross again and I look forward to it! Life is beautiful!” – Lori M

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Shanyn

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

A. This summer a handmade card, from my then 9 year old son, with breakfast in bed. His dad helped him and then because our birthdays are both in the summer we got to go on a helicopter ride over the Badlands. All we were told was to get in the truck and my husband drove us to the helipad. It was AWESOME!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I try not to dwell on the worst things, but probably any year that it was forgotten (until months later or sometimes completely), or when I got ‘panic’ gift cards from gas stations. ha ha gallows humor helps! (and just to note my hubby hasn’t ever forgotten my birthday! :-)

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

A. For my 33 birthday my husband and his family had a kid’s themed party for me (3+3)…it was so fun. Gift bags, games, hats…I didn’t get many kid’s parties when I was younger so it was nice to have that sort of fun! It was only topped by the surprise helicopter ride this past summer. That was awesome.

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

A. I love cake. Ice cream cake. Black Forest Cake. Chocolate fudge cake. Cheesecake.

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

A. The people you celebrate it with. Creating those memories. Laughing, telling stories, sharing each others company on a special day.

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

A. Cake. A homemade card from my son. Spending time together as a family. Getting a Lego set! I love Lego. :-)