Happy Birthday Sara

Nell: Happy Birthday to you.

Me: Thank you. I love these photos of us having a conversation.

Nell: I thought everyone would like to see more photos from the photoshoot for your first book.

Me: The publishers only chose a few, didn’t they? I hate having my photo taken but you look gorgeous.

Nell: Don’t start.

Me: Thank you for all the wonderful birthday messages. They mean so much to me.

Nell: I’ve written you a poem.

Me: Can I hear it?

Nell: Of course.

‘Happy Birthday dear Sara

It’s been quite a year

Full of love and laughter

But also worry

And fear.’

Me: You can say that again.

Nell: No, I can’t. It would ruin the poem.

Me: You know what I mean.

Nell: May I continue?

Me: Please do.

Nell: ‘But sometimes the dark days

Can show you the light

Can unleash your inner warrior

And make you ready to fight.

Whatever challenges you face

There’s no need to hide

Because we’re facing them with you

We’re right by your side.

Let’s treasure each day

We spend together

Because happy memories last

For ever and ever.

But enough of all that

The time to party has begun.

We need candles and cake

We need bacon and fun.

Put on your hats

Kick off your shoes.

Be nice to the cats

And shrug off the blues.’

Me: Be nice to the cats?

Nell: It’s only once a year.

Me: True.

Nell: May I finish?

Me: Yes.

Nell: ‘Put a smile on your face

And a drink in your paw

Because our darling Sara

Has turned 64.’

Me: That was a really lovely poem, Nell.

Nell: My pleasure.

Me: How did I get to be 64?

Nell: Just blow out the candles before the house burns down.

Me: Sorry.

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