Today I expect will be a difficult day for me and my sister because this would have been Mom's 87th birthday and it of course is the first December now without her.
I remember last year. Mom and my sister had just moved to the Bay Area days before and so all three of us were going to spend the evening together - something we rarely had the chance to do in recent years. I grabbed three roast beef sandwiches from Mom's favorite deli here in town (which has since closed down) and headed over to meet them. It was a very quiet and simple birthday celebration and I remember telling Mom we would "do something bigger next year."
My sister and I have both taken the day off from work and will spend the day together. At some point we plan to go to the churchyard where Mom is buried. Happy birthday Mom. This is something bigger indeed. Today you are with Daddy, and Nana, and Grandpa in paradise. Happy birthday Mom. Rest in peace.