I managed to find our flat and moved in first. I spent most of November decorating the flat – I spent a small fortune in Ikea! I invited Helios to spend Christmas and New Year with me. I was desperate for Helios to feel welcome. I cleaned the place from top to bottom. I cooked and cooked. I made sure to buy all his favourite food – mince pies with warmed custard, biscuits, and many more sweets. As much as I wanted him to love living with me, I also wanted to be sure that we got along as well as I expected we would.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a sofa when I first moved in so Helios brought over a TV and we watched DVD’s while sitting on my yoga matt and cushions. It was terribly uncomfortable but Helios didn’t complain once. He used to say that he could live in a cardboard box so long as he was with me and I loved him for that.
Luckily the bed was delivered before Christmas so we weren’t sleeping on the floor as well! We had a great time. I’ve never been so relaxed! He seemed to love my cooking. He didn’t spend the whole time complaining. He liked my taste in décor. Now, I know that watching football might sound boring, but after a number of years catering for the masses and not relaxing at all, it was exactly what I wanted. Of course it took a little time to get used to the idea that Helios is so easy to live with and I used to fret over almost every meal but Helios regularly reassured me.
I needed it too. After more than 10 years of neglect, Helios was just what I needed in more ways than one. I expect I still sometimes sound a little surprised that he’s so attentive. I don’t mean to sound surprised in a bad way, I’m still not used to it. Is that a bad thing? I expect it means that I will always appreciate just how lucky I am.
After that Christmas, I told him that he was allowed to keep a shelf in the bathroom and that I didn’t want him to move in by stealth. For the most part he accommodated my request. In the meantime it didn’t take long for me to realise that I couldn’t resist him. I still can’t.
Happy Christmas everyone!