Have you ever read the book, Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl? If you haven’t, I strongly recommend it. If you have then you will know that Mr Fox is a really amazing fox not to mention really “foxy” looking. My husband and Mr Fox share a large number of wonderful characteristics. They are both very clever, hard working, innovative and good leaders. They both put the well being of their families above everything else and are also very happy to extend their generosity to friends. They are very similar, right down to the fact that in the story Mr Fox looses his beautiful bushy tail. My husband, over the last twenty years, has also lost a significant amount of his “fur” and so could be considered to be tailless in the world of foxes.
I wrote this haiku as a tribute to Terence (and Mr Fox):
I also made a fondant replica of Terence. I showed it to Michael (aka mini-T aka Silly Willy) and he said “Mom, that is not kind”. I showed it to Gregory (aka mini-me aka Cautious Craig) and he said “Mom, that is not nice”.
In my defence, Terence knew what I was like before we got married. I have always had a quirky sense of humour. If you don’t believe me, I wanted the song It’s The End Of The World by R.E.M. as our wedding song. Tee hee, I thought it was a brilliant choice. Terence, however, did not share my enthusiasm and put his foot down firmly. He does that sometimes. He did it over the cats, “No cats,” he said firmly. Have you met our two cats Pushy and Smudgy, they are very sweet (giggle).
In conclusion, I told my boys that we are very blessed to have such a great and “foxy” man in our lives. A tailless fox with a bit of silvery fur is a great catch. If you don’t believe me, ask Roald Dahl. He convince you in his wonderful tale.
My final word, on Terence and my relationship is epitomised in this wonderful song by Jennifer Rush:
Happy birthday, dear Terence, may you have many, many more!
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series