Well at least that was until I had to have a birthday without her.
When she was 18 she decided to take a gap year and spend some time touring Europe, which meant she was away for our birthday. I hated that year. Unfortunately it was the first of a few birthdays without her. Slowly I have become used to her not being here for our special day. I still don't like it, but we have different lives and live in different states now so it is just the way life is.
This year was the first year I was really ready to embrace celebrating my birthday without her. With a sudden urge to have the focus all about me it would be much easier for me to have all the limelight if she wasn't here anyway.
Only guess who turned up yesterday afternoon?
That's right folks in more years than I care to remember my sister and I are able to spend our birthday together. I am so excited by the fact that I can't even think of what we should do. Not that it really matters because whatever it is we will be doing it together!
But wait there's more!
My brother, who works away two weeks out of three, just happens to be in town this week. So that means for the very first time ever my brother, his wife, their six month old daughter, my sister, her fiancee, their newborn son, plus all my lot, and our mum, will all be in the one place at the one time. It seriously does not get better than that.
So in a matter or moments, the birthday that I wasn't really fussed about because I wondered whether anyone would make enough fuss of me has suddenly become the best birthday in a long time because I will be surrounded by those that love me most.