From ever since I have been able to remember I have always been excited about my birthday. In my thirties I was a tad apprehensive about turning older, but since my fortieth last year I am celebrating being middle aged. 

My birthday each year brings thoughts of my late-mother, to whom I will be eternally grateful for everything she did and was to me. This day is also another opportunity to remember, celebrate and appreciate her. I wish I had her strength and clarity. 

I don’t particularly focus on gifts anymore and I am always surprised and overwhelmed by the generosity of my family and friends. I am grateful to everyone who has sent me wishes, cards and gifts, you truly make my day. Thank you for thinking of me.