My Bestest Bud,
Third one of these in less than a month. I’ve been mulling this and I don’t think that any words I use can actually really explain or justify what we had. I’m going to do my best though mateyman. It’s going to be an epic.
I’ll start with the poem again. I think that’s fair.
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone
W. H. Auden
W. H. Auden
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
So, I supposed it seems appropriate to start at the beginning.
You were, like others I have here, the result of an act I would not do now. We bred Boof and Flash and you and Moon were the result. Do I regret it? I can’t regret having such a wonderful friend. It’s just not a choice would make now. Rightly or wrongly, I’m glad I made the choice then though because otherwise I would not have had you for so long.
We did the ‘act’ before I went back to uni and took Flash with me. That month until you were born was pretty action packed. The day you guys were born was the day that I officially quit uni. I should have known then the deep impact you would have on that phase of my life.
My family were looking after you guys and Boof and I remember hearing from mum that ‘the baby’ was mostly white with a few black bits, and from dad that ‘the baby’ had lots of black splodges. You were born on the Thursday and it was the Tuesday after I got two frantic photos showing TWO babies- mum had been seeing you, and dad had been seeing Moon.
That meant I had two gorgeous miracles, and not just one.
I finally got to meet you when you guys were nearly 2 weeks old and obviously, it was love at first sight. Boof was an amazing mum and you guys were wonderful. My brother and I named you both very quickly, deciding to carry on the natural sky/weather related theme that Flash (of Lightning) brought us- you were obviously name Sky, Moon was named Moon (duh). We didn’t know your gender and as a result, for most of the rest of your life you were called ‘she’ by most people, so I do apologise for that- but I loved the name and I loved you.
I was back and forwards between Lincoln and home for the next two months or so and got to spend a good lot of your babydom with you guys. You got p to so much mischief! I LOVE that!
Do you remember getting stuck here?