Hello dear. How are you? How thoughtful of you to come. Pull up a chair; see Ö thereís one of those squashy ones with the big arm rests. Itís made from leather you know. Easy to wipe down I should imagine. They think of everything in here. Pull the handle at the side dear, it lifts your legs up for you. They say itís good for reducing the swelling.
Iíll be getting out of bed after lunch. Theyíre letting me have a lie in because itís my birthday. The truth is dear, I feel quite weary today. Itís not like me I know. Maybe Iím coming down with something. I havenít been on top form all week.
The cleaning girl called in to see me before she left. She brought me a lovely cotton nightdress. Said it was just me, with the daisy pattern embroidered around the neckline. Wasnít that kind of her? Iíd told her about me making daisy chains for the children to wear. She was tickled pink at that one, she was. The kiddies donít know how to make their own fun anymore do they!
Anyways she helped me into the nightie. It was a bit of a struggle this morning. These old bones are giving me some stick lately. And then she stood back and grinned and those cute little dimples showed up. Sheís full of mischief that one. But she did seem to lack sparkle this morning, that cheeky glint in her eye, when she knows that I know sheís teasing me. She gave me a huge hug, and left quickly. Somethingís troubling that girl today. I have a nose for these things.
Oh silly me, I forgot to tell you. I got a telegram from Her Majesty this morning. Well I never! Bless her. It doesnít seem two minutes since the Coronation does it? And her Philip is looking so well for his age. I wonder if sheíll send him a telegram when he becomes a Centurion. Now thereís a thought!
What are you smiling at dear? Did I say something funny?
I need to gather myself together before long. Theyíre making me a little tea party. Itís because Iím 36,500 today. I was bit surprised at that. I didnít think I was such an old biddy. But they know I like a bit of fun so I went along with it.
Theyíre such a lively bunch of youngsters, God love Ďem. Some of them came over here to study. The little Filipino girl is having a hard time understanding our customs. She thinks the QueenĎs coming to my party.
Sorry dear, did I just nod off for a moment? Itís not like me to do that is it? Goodness me, is that the time. Iíve missed lunch. Never mind, I donít feel very hungry yet. Iíll save my appetite for the party.
Oh here comes my favourite boyfriend. Címon handsome, oooh how I wish I was 80 years younger. Have you come to help me get into my chair? Oh dear, Iím so sorry Ö I seem to have had a little accident. I canít understand that. Itís not like me.
Bless him, he told me not to worry; itís nothing he said, but to tell you the truth Iím rather upset by it. He had to fetch the little Filipino girl to help him change the bed. Neither one mentioned it, they just chatted about my party and how well I look for my 36,500th big day.
Theyíve brought me a bowl for a Ďtop and tail.í I did protest a little, but secretly Iím relieved because just thinking about the shower wears me out. Thereíll be a picture of me in the newspaper next week and, oh Ö could you pass me my bottom dentures from the top drawer. Iíll need to dazzle Ďem with my biggest smile.
Weíre off now. Iím going to muster every ounce of strength that I have to enjoy myself. God love Ďem for the effort theyíve put into this.
Are you there dear? I knew youíd wait for me. Iíve done them proud. Theyíll have pleasant memories to look back on.
Now I think itís time we were on our way. Iíve missed you dreadfully these 30 years.
A little after midnight, the nurse opened the door. Polly wasnít making a sound. She tip toed over to the bed and waited a while, before gently closing the eye lids and pulling up the sheet.
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