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whiteturrets

Not Sleeping

In the night, Patrick coughed and woke me. For a moment, there was panic, then I calmed down, when I saw that he was fine. Rory had woken too and we looked at each other's anxious faces and smiled. Patrick went back to sleep and I tried to sleep too, but I just lay there thinking of how foolish I'd been to worry so much.

As I was telling myself that I was becoming hopelessly neurotic about Patrick, I felt Rory take my hand.

"Get some sleep." he whispered, "You're tired."

I squeezed his hand and he squeezed back, then moved closer.

"I just worry about him." I said.

"I know." he said, "So do I, but he's doing well." It felt so much better just knowing that he knew how I was feeling.

Just then, a sleepy voice said, "Why are you talking?"

"Did we wake you, darling?" said Rory.

"No," said Bryony, "I just ran out of dream."

"Well, we should all go back to sleep." said Rory.

"The babies sleep a lot." said Bryony. I can't say that I've noticed.

"What do you dream about, Mummy?" she said.

"Daddy, mostly." I said.

"Oh yes?" he said, "What kind of dreams?"

"The kind we should talk about when we're alone." I said.

"But we are alone, Mummy." said Bryony.

"We need to sleep now, don't we?" said Rory, "Or one of us will be all grumpy in the morning."

"Yes, but we'll still love her." said Bryony.

"Let's see how long we can all lie quietly with our eyes shut." said Rory.

"Last time I did that, I sleeped." said Bryony.

"Then you must have won." he said.

"No, because it doesn't count if you sleep." she said.

"Rory, unleash the Irish." I said, knowing he could lull us both to sleep like that.

He began to sing Bryony's favourite lullaby.

Báidín Fheilimí

Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Gabhla,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.
Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Gabhla,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.

Chorus:

Báidín bídeach, báidín beosach,
báidín bóidheach, Báidín Fheilimí
báidín díreach, báidín deontach
báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.

Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Toraí,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.
Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Toraí,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.

(Chorus)

Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.
Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.

(Chorus)

Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.
Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,
Éisc ar bord agus Feilimí ann.


[edit] English translation
Feidhlim's little boat went to Gola,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it,
Feidhlim's little boat went to Gola,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it


A tiny little boat, a lively little boat,
A foolish little boat, Feidhlim's little boat,
A straight little boat, a willing little boat,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it.


Feidhlim's little boat went to Tory,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it,
Feidhlim's little boat went to Tory,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it.


A tiny little boat, a lively little boat,
A foolish little boat, Feidhlim's little boat,
A straight little boat, a willing little boat,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it.


Feidhlim's little boat crashed on Tory,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it,
Feidhlim's little boat crashed on Tory,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it,


A tiny little boat, a lively little boat,
A foolish little boat, Feidhlim's little boat,
A straight little boat, a willing little boat,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it.


Feidhlim's little boat crashed on Tory,
Feidhlim's little boat and Feidhlim in it,
Feidhlim's little boat crashed on Tory,
Fish on board and Feidhlim in it,

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