There are a lot of firsts that happen on our birthdays, whether they are positive firsts or negative will depend on the event or lack there of.
Yesterday was the first birthday knowing that my brother Tim had joined mom and grama, and I was without all of them.
It is not that birthdays were stellar, they were not, but birthdays are the time when most of us take stock in the progression of our lives, ourselves and those around us including family we may not see often.
As firsts go, I could have done without this one for a long time.
I still miss my mom, as we were close, and I always got a hug on my birthday.