Hearts beating, yours with mine. Self-consciously holding you, small, but sturdy babe. Frog like foetal position. New-born’s doughy feet, knees folded, flattened to my front. Feeling faint, sweating palms, sudden somersault stomach. A celestial connection sparks. No one knows, not even you, yet. Tendrils sprout, beginning to unfurl. The invisible thread. London’s streets shine. Buggy splashing through recent rain. Eyes gleefully gleaming under spotty, speckled winter hat. Content to be pushed, held, loved. Up, down. Play park, museum, restaurant. Through streets. Around leafy gardens. Coffee in cafés. Cake and cuddles in a cosy corner. Connection fuses and increases. Now perhaps you know. Shoots lengthen, bud and bloom. The invisible thread. A long journey homeward bound. A lonely beaded bracelet in your place, a vacuum where only moments ago you dozed, lulled by whirring tarmac wheels. Quiet replaces sing-a-long rhymes, subdued silence descends. Damp mascara cheeks. Limbs loose. Throat choked, twisting tissues. An inconspicuous cord, mutually tangible, defying distance and time. Slim strands grown thick and strong. The invisible thread. Salty, sticky fingers and sun cream kisses. Bobbing on lilos. Bat and ball. Body board clutched by bold ‘Queen of the Ocean’. A howl of dramatic despair as sand between toes tickles and itches. Disaster soothed by towels and treats, swimming costume and ice cream. Time melts on beach hut lazy days. Connection glows, fed and anchored. Congruent, confident memories. A thousand strands weave silver spirals. The invisible thread. More duvet cuddles at dawn. Languid chatter, sipping tea, sharing my space. Keen to be close. My hand held. Reassurance, trust. Eager energy bright and curious, quick to question. Homework completed to a perfectionist’s standard. Hair styles, searching for socks, packing for riverside picnics. Interconnection clearly communicated, a synergised glance, a mirrored gesture. Tendrils now deep roots, tenaciously entwined. The invisible thread. Wrapped gifts reflect Christmas lights, rattled then hidden for treasure hunt quests. Riddles and jokes. Entertainment and games. Role-plays and drama. A rehearsed duet couples the aroma of roast, pudding and candles. A ridiculous dance to disco classics then mellowed by Aretha’s authentic refrains. This connection, a bond like omnipresent lithe laced arms, a continual current flowing freely, fluidly, ‘twixt you and I. The invisible thread.