I don't know what it is like to be a parent. My parents make it seem so easy, parenting that is but I'm sure that it's not. It is even harder for me to imagine what is must be like for my parents to wake up on Sharidyns birthday every year, while the world around them goes on as normal.
It is not a normal day - today is Sharidyns birthday. 22 years ago, Sharidyn was born in Palmerston North, in New Zealand. If she was here, we would have jumped up and down on her bed to wake her up, showered her with gifts and spoiled her with our love.
Today, like all of Sharidyns birthdays is an important day - because it is a reminder that my sister lived. Today is the day my mum gave birth to her firstborn daughter. So I'm going to hug my mum a little tighter today, and shower her with all the love that I know that she has in her heart for Sharidyn on this very special day.
Happy birthday to our big sister!