For Alice

Nell: Those are lovely photos of Alice. So many happy memories.

Me: Yes, the last time we saw her darling Mutley was still with us.

Nell: He was. Now, I know today is going to be a difficult sort of day for lots of reasons.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Chris flies back to Toronto tomorrow but you will be seeing him again in January if not at Christmas.

Me: Yes.

Nell: So, there is no reason at all to be sad.

Me: Well, maybe a little.

Nell: And it’s Alice’s birthday today.

Me: It is.

Nell: And although you can’t be with her we will be FaceTiming later.

Me: We will.

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

Me: Yes, please.

Nell: ‘37 years ago on this very day

A baby was born

In a land far away.’

Me: It was in Germany, so not that far away.

Nell: May I continue?

Me: Of course.

Nell: ‘That baby was Alice

Which I know to be true

Because I asked her mother

Who is Sara.

Yes, you.

Now we haven’t seen Alice

For ages and ages.

And I could write about this sadness

For pages and pages.

But I won’t do that you will be glad to hear

Because this is a day for happiness and cheer.

This is a day when we shout to the world

Happy Birthday Alice

You wonderful girl.

You are loved so much

By all who know you.

Most especially by Sara

Your mother.

Yes, you.

Virtual hugs are coming your way

From us all on this your special day.

And though you are both still far apart

Sara carries you always safe in her heart.’

Me: I do.

Nell: No more tears. You will see her again soon.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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