I love you in other words

for Rhys on the occasion of his 31st birthday, 4th November 2016
Lala Kahle Cemetery

I love you in other words

Did you sleep well?
Is there anything I can do to help you?
There’s Mac Cheese in the oven.
Who’s the designated driver?
If you need a lift back, just phone.

Would you like a glass of water?
Don’t forget to put sunblock on.
How’s your tummy, are you hungry?
I’m boiling the kettle, would you like anything?
You’ve checked your tyres, obviously…

How are you feeling?
Elbows off the table.
Just email it to me, I’ll have a look.
When you travel, your passport must be either in your hand
or in the place you always keep it when travelling.

Are you warm enough?
Do you need the loo before the journey?
Here’s some padkos.
Did you check the route?
Let us know when you get there.

Supper’s ready!
Drive safely!

and don’t forget
all those times
when your mother
sent in the dog