This is a fictional story about disability but with threads of truth weaving throughout.
Penguin, shouted Tom, penguin... please.....pretty please nice and kind Malcolm....might I take one of those home in the van with me....even just for a little while. 'NO'. 'Why not.
Malcolm agreed to go to Costa Coffee with Tom; followed by walk to Croyland Gardens and to the pond where Tom dipped in his toes...near the fish.
Tom was taken to the daycentre on alternate days; but stayed briefly. There followed the ritual administration of notes from home; problems encountered or appointments to keep.
Tom couldn't be aware of the importance of the past. Know about kings and queens, politics, ancient roman's or catastrophic events such as the sinking of the Titanic.
'Come in the swan with me Malcolm, pleaded Tom. 'Let's take that swan, over there in lake, for a nice little spin'. Malcolm felt uneasy but was still prepared to share more magic moments with Tom.