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A True Friend

I am not lonely living here in Thailand.In fact I have already found a really true friend.

He is rather shy,so he doesn’t like to be around much during the day,but as soon as it gets dark,which is about sixish he visits me.

I call him Alexander.

He doesn’t dare to come into my apartment,but enjoys being on the balcony,and I let him stay there, because at the moment he doesn’t seem to have any other friends.

Alexander is a 5cm long black beetle.

My first thought was to get out the spray that gets rid of things that creep,and fly around in the night. i did aim it around the edges of the balcony,and thought that would deter Alexander,but it didn’t.

Now,if I am home I rather look forward to his visits.

He reminds of a poem by A.A Milne,that I read as a child,and later read to my children.

We all loved it,and that is why I keep Alexander.

” I found a little beetle,so that beetle was his name.

And i called him Alexander,and he answered to the same.

I put him in a matchbox,and kept him all the day,

And Nanny let my beetle out,

yes Nanny let my beetle out,and beetle ran away.

She said she didn’t mean it,and I never said she did,

She said she wanted matches,and just took off the lid.

She said she was sorry,but it’s difficult to catch,

An excited sort of beetle you’ve mistaken for a match…………………

From the poem “Forgiven” by A.A Milne

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Comments on: "A True Friend" (4)

  1. There is a song version of Alexander Beetle too, by 60s singer, Melanie. It is one of my favourites from childhood. I have always had a soft spot for beetles myself!

  2. Hi Selma,
    I have never heard the song,thanks for telling me about it.

  3. Love the Alexander story.
    I remember my mother reading me that poem. And Nanny let my beetle out,

    …..yes Nanny let my beetle out,and beetle ran away…..

    Yes, I can hear her now. Glad you found a friend. Although the way you introduced it I was thinking of another type of friend 😉 .

  4. I love it that you befriended Alexander … and I’ve always loved AA Milne!

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