talking about our Christmas food:
we have decided not to get the large Christmas tree out of the cellar this year!"
You might wonder why
on the first day of September my much loved friends are discussing this most unlikely of subjects?
The words told me all I needed to know...
He is dying.
I phoned them for a catch-up knowing full well cancer has been a constant in their lives for too many years.
Their dream of a happy and fulfilling new life in France wasn't to be. The years there have been dogged by his ill health.
I knew by what she said that he was there and the elephant in the room couldn't be mentioned.
Over the years it had always been a standing joke as to their early preparation and excitement of Christmas.
All I could do was enter into the usual ribbing all along with my heart fit to burst.
She knew I knew...