Happy Birthday Shannon

Nell: I like the photos of Shannon and Marvin.

Me: Chris sent them to me from Toronto. It’s her birthday today.

Nell: I know. Marvin’s been excited about it for days. In fact birthdays have been the main topic of conversation in my Young Animals Mentoring Group.

Me: Really?

Nell: Yes. Toby was talking about Tony ‘s birthday.

Me: Bless him.

Nell: And David joined us to read his poem for Tony.

Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy. I know I call him a puppy but he’s going to be six in June so I’m surprised he was allowed to take part.

Nell: He was a guest speaker.

Me: I see.

Nell: Anyway, Marvin was so inspired by David that he wrote a poem for Shannon.

Me: How lovely.

Nell: Would you like to hear it? I’m sure Marvin wouldn’t mind.

Me: I would. Very much.

Nell: ‘Mommy Shannon. Dearest dear.

It’s your boy Marvin writing here.

The pup you rescued long ago

And brought to live

In the land of snow.

You saved my life

I know it’s true

I wouldn’t be here

If it wasn’t for you.

And dear dad Chris

As well of course,

Our knight in shining armour

Who needs a horse?

As today is your birthday

I want you to see

How much you are loved

By both Dad and me.

We’ll always be grateful

For all that you do.

You make us so happy

By just being you. ‘

Me: That’s really sweet. I’m sure she will love it.

Nell: Yes, Marvin has quite a flair for poetry.

Me: It’s wonderful to see how far he has come. It brings a tear to my eye.

Nell: Now is the time for smiles not tears. Let’s all wish Shannon a very Happy Birthday.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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