Happy Birthday Chris

Me: There is Chris with Mutley. They both hate looking at the camera.

Nell: Yes, they do. As it’s Chris’s Birthday today I thought we should have a photo of him.

Me: I wish he didn’t live so far away in Toronto but it is what it is.

Nell: Yes. We feel the same way. In fact I wrote a poem. Would you like to hear it?

Me: Yes.

Nell: “Happy Birthday to Chris

Who we very much miss.

Though you live far away

In our hearts you will stay.

Not a day goes by

Without Mutley and I,

Or Charlie, or Dave,

Or Poppy, or Maeve…”

Me: Who is Maeve?

Nell: It’s Gladys’s middle name. Stop interfering. I’m losing my flow.

Me: I didn’t know.

Nell: “Or Harriet and Jim

We can’t forget him.

Or even The Cat

And Malcolm at that,

Saying ‘I’d give up my bone

If Chris would come home.'”

Me: Malcolm and The Cat don’t like bones.

Nell: It doesn’t matter. Just let me finish. Good grief.

Me: Ok.

Nell: “So let me just say

On this memorable day,

Have fun and enjoy

We love you dear Boy.”

Me: Beautifully said. Not sure he will like the Boy bit though.

Nell: He is my boy and I am his Nell. He knows that.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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