|Dad, Mum and I on my 39th birthday|
Of course I missed my Dad, I thought of him often during the lead up to the BBQ, but it was Mum not being there which made me feel like I've lost a little bit of her when Dad died.
As you may already know, my Dad passed away in December from bladder cancer. These past couple of months have been extremely painful for Mum. She has been sorting out Dad's belongings, and getting through all the paperwork that happens when someone dies, but it has taken its toll on her.
I miss Dad dearly, but also miss Mum being happy, and seeing them together.
Last year my two brothers and their families moved. One inner-state, the other to the mid-coast of NSW, so unfortunately they couldn't join us for the BBQ. We haven't been all that close lately, but it still would have been nice to see them and their families.
While I had the love and friendship of my relatives and friends there yesterday, it just wasn't the same celebrating my birthday without my immediate family being with me.
Do you celebrate birthdays with your family and relatives, or have a small get together with just the immediate family?