“The sun brings both life and death” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
“How great to be able to photograph two looooong-time friends for The Book who share the birthdate of June 12th. There were a few iterations of ideas for their shot together but we finally opted to shoot them together, in their attire for their individual passions: golf for Tom and fly fishing for Stan. Thank you so much, Tom and Stan, for being such good sports (I know that ‘sitting’ for a portrait may not have been your first choices for how to spend a morning 😉 but we had fun! …right?!?! lol) I loved celebrating my 50th shoot for The Book with you over a drink and lunch…super fun morning that I won’t forget! My genuine thanks to you both! Life is beautiful!”
Image © Lori Maloney
An Interview with Tom and Stan
Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?
T. Best birthday is the next one. A favourite birthday is 65 as my wife, Jackie, and I shared a 130 the birthday (she is older), organized by our 3 daughters with lots of family and friends, including Stan.
S. My 60th birthday when my wife organized a birthday party at our golf course. She somehow managed to get a whole bunch of family and friends there as a complete surprise.
Q. How about the worst? And why?
T. Stan and I shared a birthday (his 65 th) by ocean fishing at Port Hardy, Vancouver Island. Even though he is an accomplished prairie fisherman, we both managed to lose our breakfast the first morning due to relentless waves. However, we caught our limit, and the second day was better thanks to gravol.
S. Tom and I went salmon fishing out of Port Hardy but we both discovered that we were not mariners. Both of us were very, very sea sick on the first day of ocean fishing. Medication does wonders to aleviate the problem.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?
T. For my 50th, my wife, Jackie, arranged for us to play golf at Pebble Beach. Instead, I ended up working in Trinidad for several months. So golf never happened, but I have a nice PB sweater.
S. The surprise party on my 60th.
Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?
T. I only insist on eating. Steak barbecue is always nice, along with wine or beer.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
T. Being together with family or friends, being thankful for another birthday and hopeful for the year to come.
S. Getting together with family.
Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?
T. In my later working years, I took that day off. In retirement, I still don’t work.
S. I always like to have a drink of some really fine scotch whiskey.