We Forgot Marvin’s Birthday and Where is Our Poppy?

Me: I can’t believe we forgot Marvin’s Fourth birthday.

Nell: I knew he was out of sorts when I saw him in the blue chair.

Me: We don’t have a blue chair. Ours is yellow.

Nell: In Toronto. Chris sent us some photos.

Me: Do you think he’ll ever forgive us?

Nell: He already has. Marvin knows he’s loved and that’s all that matters.

Me: Belated Happy Birthday Darling Marvin from us all.

Nell: Finish your yoghurt and fruit.

Me: I don’t feel like yoghurt and fruit. Can’t I have pancakes?

Nell: No. That’s all there is. The New Poppy says hot breakfasts are unnecessary.

Me: I wish Our Poppy would come back. I miss her.

Nell: Don’t we all. Now, I’m going to tell you something but you have to keep it to yourself.

Me: I’ll try.

Nell: We had a secret Morning Thoughts today without Poppy.

Me: Where was she?

Nell: At the gym.

Me: Poppy doesn’t like the gym.

Nell: She does now and that’s not the point.

Me: No. Please continue.

Nell: We think The New Poppy might not be Our Poppy at all.

Me: What do you mean?

Nell: As we see it, there are two possibilities. The New Poppy is an imposter.

Me: Gosh.

Nell: Or, Our Poppy has been hypnotised.

Me: Hypnotised?

Nell: Yes. It’s happened before.

Me: What can we do?

Nell: I’m not sure but this needs to be resolved by Wednesday.

Me: Why?

Nell: Poppy turns 10 and we’re not celebrating without her.

Me: Oh my goodness. I’ve just realised that if The New Poppy is an imposter then Our Poppy is out there somewhere frightened and alone.

Nell: Nothing frightens Our Poppy. Wherever she is you can be sure she’s fighting her way back to us.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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