(Amber’s Grandfather, husband of Ellen and father of Carol)
He watched from his chair through the living room window
He smiled with pride as his granddaughter’s shadow
Filled the lane, Amber’s body elongated into an alien figure
The late afternoon sun warmed the air making it brighter.
Bill made his way in to the kitchen to prepare the tea
Hot and ready to drink when Ellen came home shortly.
Retirement suited them both down to the ground
They were lucky they were mobile and could get around
They spent time together but also maintained their independence
They didn’t get under each other’s feet and feel they were a nuisance
They made sure they weren't taken advantage of by the family
He had set the parameters early so they knew the boundaries.
Waiting for the kettle to boil he thought back to the Royal Navy
Those 25 years shaped his life, took him on a journey
Sometimes he regretted missing out his kids’ early years
But they’d been brought up strong without any tears.
He heard her key turn in the lock
As punctual as usual he glanced at the clock.