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Happy Birthday Shannon

Me: It’s Shannon’s birthday today. Look how cold and snowy it is in Toronto.

Nell: They are lovely photos.

Me: Happy Birthday Shannon. Let’s hope we finally get to see each other again soon. It’s been far too long.

Nell: Young Marvin certainly seems to be wrapped up warmly.

Me: Yes, it is wonderful to see him now when you think of what a difficult start in life he had.

Nell: Chris and Shannon changed his world when they rescued him.

Me: Darling Marv.

Nell: Now, Marvin and I have been working hard on a little poem for Shannon.

Me: How lovely.

Nell: Would you like to hear it?

Me: Very much.

Nell: ‘Hi, this is Marvin calling from Toronto

And a life full of cuddles and love and snow.’

Me: There’s plenty of all of those.

Nell: May I continue?

Me: Of course.

Nell: ‘The reason for my happiness is quite clear to me,

It’s down to Dad Chris and Shannon my mommy.’

Me: Isn’t it mummy?

Nell: Marvin is from North America. It is mom not mum there.

Me: Oh yes.

Nell: ‘What I want to say now,

Is both heartfelt and true,

Happy Birthday Mommy Shannon

I truly love you.

You’re the sweetest of moms there ever could be.

You’re my safe place to go.

You mean everything to me.

So have a wonderful birthday

Full of laughter and joy

And cuddles from Chris

And Marvin, your boy.’

Me: What a sweet poem. I’m sure Shannon will love it.

Nell: Yes, Marvin worked very hard on getting it just right for her.

Me: It’s all about love and family, isn’t it?

Nell: Yes, it is. And even if they are far away we always carry them with us in our hearts. So, no tears.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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