Two parcels from the US arrived on my office desk yesterday. One containing large numbers of chocolate marshmallows. The other a selection of the finest jazz. Both were for Phil, sent at his specific request.
The chocolate marshmallows are to help swallow the cocktail of immunosuppressant and steroid pills Phil will have to take every day after the transplant, and make the experience much more palatable. Finding chocolate marshmallows has been extraordinarily difficult. Eventually two sets of American friends (one currently living in the Middle East) tracked down manufacturers as far away as Guatemala and arranged for supplies to be sent to us. Now THAT is great investigative work.
The jazz comes from a British friend, now living in the US, who got in touch to say he would like to send Phil something. After speaking to Phil about it, I told my friend that Phil was a great lover of jazz music – not knowing that my friend’s son was about to go to college to major in..yes, jazz! (How cool is that a subject to study, by the way?!). The two of them have put together a sublime compilation that has got Phil’s toes tapping and fingers clicking with joy.
To all of you, a heartfelt thank you.