Settling for what 'is'

Erk came up to stay for a while over the Easter holidays (as he is now studying A Levels in Birmingham so is living with his father).  When you’re a small Ted, big brothers are rather entertaining: they play Monopoly with you; they make you laugh; they make great train tracks and they also keep up a running conversation on an etch-a-sketch board (not pictured – but Ted would leave Erk a message on his board every night and when Erk went to fetch his bedding, kept in Ted’s room, he would reply).
It’s always difficult saying goodbye, not least because Erk has talked about moving up here again (but we have moved to a smaller house and we just don’t have the room, so that’s a little bitter) but we try to enjoy the time we do spend together, for that is what ‘is’, rather than what cannot, at present, be.

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