Happy 10th Birthday Nell

Me: I can’t believe you are 10 today. Cheeky Animal.

Nell: A lady never discusses her age.

Me: Did you like your cake?

Nell: A piece was missing. I presume David was involved.

Me: He was carrying the cake when a little bit of cream fell out so he had to clean it up.

Nell: Of course he did.

Me: I think it was in all the excitement of me coming home.

Nell: Harriet was speechless with happiness, unlike Poppy.

Me: And my Big Brave Beautiful Boy just sat on me.

Nell: You weren’t going anywhere.

Me: I was so pleased you came to the hotel.

Nell: I always do.

Me: You missed me.

Nell: We missed each other. It was most kind of Rupert to bring me flowers.

Me: It was.

Nell: Sunflowers are so cheerful and appropriate during these troubled times.

Me: Are you going to tell me who sent you the dozen red roses?

Nell: No.

Me: You have to.

Nell: Moving on, I believe you wrote me a poem.

Me: Yes. Would you like to hear it?

Nell: I would.

Me: ‘Our darling Nell is 10 today.

We love her more than words can say.

Without her guidance we would struggle

With decisions in life

Like who to cuddle.‘

Nell: That’s not a life changing decision.

Me: It could be, Nell. Cuddling the wrong person can lead to all sorts of complications. Ask Dave.

Nell: Just continue, please.

Me: ‘So, Happy Birthday dear Nell

From all of us here.

From near and far

And far and near.’

Nell: Good grief.

Me: ‘You are the one

We trust the most.

You are the marmalade

On our toast.’

Nell: Thank you but I think you’d better leave the writing of poems to me in future.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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