Happy Birthday Nell

Me: Happy Birthday darling Nell. Look, the sun is shining today just for you.

Nell: Thank you.

Me: I’ve written you a poem. Would you like to hear it?

Nell: I would indeed. Please begin.

Me: ‘My darling Nell is 11 today.

I love her more than words can say.

She’s awfully grumpy and rather gruff

But her words are wise

And her love is tough.’

Nell: What on earth does that mean?

Me: Tough love. It’s your thing.

Nell: Good grief.

Me: ‘She’s the centre of our world.

Our safest place.

Our special girl.

You and Me. Always.

Is there in my mind

So if I am worried

Or needing to find

Some words of comfort

When I’m not feeling well

I just go to my soulmate

I go to my Nell.

I know she’ll be with me

Wherever that might be

Because where there’s Sara, there’s Nell

And where there’s Nell, there’s me.’

Nell: I liked that.

Me: I thought you might.

Nell: I’ll always be there.

Me: Yes. I know.

Nell: Good.

Me: So, what are your plans today? Sailing around the island with Lionel, or Dartmoor with Rupert and Tracey?

Nell: I’ve decided here with you and the family is the best place for me to celebrate.

Me: That’s a relief.

Nell: A stroll on the beach would be most appreciated, however, before returning home for my surprise afternoon tea.

Me: How do you know you’re having a surprise afternoon tea?

Nell: Poppy and her team have been busy in the kitchen all morning.

Me: Poppy’s always busy.

Nell: David has icing on his nose.

Me: You think there’ll be a birthday cake, do you?

Nell: There’s always birthday cake.

Me: Thank you for being you, Nell.

Nell: Who else would I be?

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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