Alice’s 36th Birthday

Nell: It’s an important day today.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Alice is 36.

Me: How can she be 36, Nell? My little girl.

Nell: She certainly doesn’t look it.

Me: No.

Nell: I’ve written a poem for her. Would you like to hear it?

Me: Yes, please.

Nell: ‘Darling Alice you are 36 today

We love you much more than words can say.

Even though we are living so far apart

We carry you constantly here in our hearts.

Your mother is wishing so much she could fly

To be with you and Faye Raine and dear Jonathan Sky.

But sometimes the things that you want to do most

Just can’t happen, so may I suggest that some toast

And a nice cup of tea might help things along,

And a slice of cake later and a bit of a song?

Have a wonderful day

Surrounded by love

From near and from far

And from those above

Who cannot be there

But would want me to say

They are watching over you

Every second, of every day.

So Happy Birthday Alice

Mother, daughter and wife

We will always be thankful

To have you in our life.’

Me: That was lovely, Nell.

Nell: There will be cake later.

Me: Is Poppy baking one?

Nell: Yes, she’s busy making pancakes with maple syrup.

Me: Oh yes, it’s Canadian Thanksgiving today.

Nell: David as an honorary Canadian is wearing a Mountie hat.

Me: Why is Dave an honorary Canadian?

Nell: Something to do with his status as a mountain dog.

Me: He’s not a mountain dog. He’s just big enough to be one.

Nell: Actually, we’re all honorary Canadians today with Chris living in Toronto. So Happy Thanksgiving.

Me: Yes.

Nell: It’s okay to miss Alice you know. We all do.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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