Grief and loss, we all do it differently, no way better than the other. I suppose it would be more ‘normal’ to feel sadness on the birthday of someone I loved, or on the anniversary of their death. But I always just feel a huge sense of gratitude on these days marked “Tricia”. My oldest sister was, in my eyes, the best person to ever walk the earth. She was the ray of light in my difficult childhood. She was the mother that I wanted. She was the one person I could count on knowing, “she loves me”. Her smile was 1000 watts. She was funny and being with her always meant laughing. So today on your birthday Trish, I remember you, I celebrate you, and I’m so grateful God put me in the family that included you. I wouldn’t have become me without you.