“Most living things demand constant satisfaction” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Sherry Gier by ©Lori Maloney

“Between scheduling conflicts and rainstorms it may have at first seemed that the Universe was conspiring against us, but no… the Universe had a beautiful morning in store for us, we just needed to wait a bit! Sherry, her husband Rod, and I spent an early morning together in their town of Okotoks. The light was beautiful, Rod was awesome as official parker (this way, then that!) and assistant extraordinaire, and Sherry was as lovely as they come. At first I was surprised that this talented artist and jewellery maker was choosing a car over her studio…but I then discovered that this vintage Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, that they bought and are restoring together, is sentimental to them as it was their first car when they were married.  Sherry, how beautiful it is to me that you would choose this ‘backdrop’ as, in my words, an ode to your love and life with Rod!  Life is beautiful!” –  Lori M

By © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Sherry

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

A. All birthdays are great memories. My best memories are of sharing my birthday with my dad and husband on Father’s day. I know as a child your best memories are of the gifts you received. I think this is also true as you grow into adulthood. I like jewelry and treasure the pieces I have been given from the naked swimmer given to me in high school to the beautiful unicorn pendant from my husband and kids.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I have two that come to mind. I was maybe 14 or 15 and we left for holidays on my birthday heading for the US. AS we entered Montana, a state trooper pulled us over and gave my dad a speeding ticket. My dad passed away 8 years ago. It was 2 weeks before my birthday and the first one where I would not get a call wishing me a Happy Birthday, that was hard.

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

A. One of my birthdays in my 30’s. I had said I would like some new exercise things. We had just moved and money was tight but my husband and kids presented me with what I wanted. I still use the equipment today.

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

A. Has to be vanilla cake and ice cream. The only exception is Black Forest cake made with liqueur. I’m not a chocolate fan but for whatever reason like Black Forest.

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

A. Family, friends, love, laughter and cards. Along with good food and drinks and candles.

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

A. Definitely singing “Happy Birthday”. The birthday person always gets to choose what will be on the menu.