The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Some People Light You Up More Than The Sun …

When we lived in LA, Otis met a little girl called Elodie.

Quickly they became inseparable.

While I didn’t write too much about them – though I did here – anyone who knew us in LA will know how deep their connection was.

To help you understand, here’s some evidence.

It was so beautiful. They protected each other, looked out for each other and – as much as a 3 year old can – loved each other.

In all honesty, the hardest thing for me moving from America was breaking the friendship Otis and Elodie had, so I was utterly thrilled when she and her Mum came to visit us in London in 2018.

While there was a hint of nervousness when they first saw each other, within minutes they were back to their old selves.

Now I don’t mind admitting that what has helped is Elodie’s Mum and Otis’ are best mates – so they stay in touch even if they didn’t want to. But what’s wonderful is it’s not ‘just staying in touch’ … it’s two people who share something special.

The same energy.

The same compassion.

The same – albeit shortly lived – history.

Which leads to the reason for this post.

A couple of weeks ago, Otis was playing Roblox when Elodie’s Mum facetimed Jill.

Now you have to understand Roblox is Otis’ god.


When he’s in the Roblox world, we basically have lost him to it.

But then he heard Elodie’s voice and immediately put his iPad down, ran to his Mum’s phone and started nattering away.

Talking about what they were doing.

How old they were.

Playing daft games that made them giggle.

Then they showed each other their cats.

Then their feet.

Then Otis showed Elodie around his new house.

His new bedroom.

And Elodie showed him her garden.

And it went on and on and on for ages.

Seeing and hearing 2 kids who have been in different countries for over 2 years – which is half their life – reconnect with the force as if they had never been away was absolutely beautiful.

Life for many people is a bit shit right now.

There’s not much good news out there … especially with insane politicians trying to make it worse for all of us.

So I’m just going to leave you with a photo.

A photo of Otis talking to his beloved Elodie and hopefully that smile on his face … and the back story I’ve just written about … will remind you it’s not all doom and gloom out there.

And while it can’t change your own challenges and situations, it will hopefully put a smile on your face.

Like it did for me.

Have a good weekend.

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Otis and Elodie are my fave celeb couple.

Comment by Jemma King

They’ve already lasted longer than most of them.

Comment by Pete

This is a wonderful way to end the week. All the photos are fantastic but the videos and the final image sum up their special bond so. I hope they will be friends forever.

Comment by George

This is the modern day Winnie and Kevin from Wonder Years. They stayed friends forever too. Kevin admitted it on the last episode. Still sad they didn’t get together forever though.

Comment by Pete

Hahaha, I loved Wonder Years and I remember that final episode. I cried like a fool – especially when Kevin said his Dad had died. And I so wanted the happiest of endings regarding Kevin and Winnie, but that was its genius – it gave people a version of what they wanted but not exactly … mainly because that’s how life tends to work and they wanted it to be something that felt sort-of similar to life.

If Otis and Elodie are friends forever, I’ll happily take that.

Comment by Rob

you are such a sentimental bunch of bastards.

Comment by andy@cynic

Yeah, I particularly love the video of the ice painting art project. How they’re lost in their own little world together but looking out for each other if there is any interruption. Like that other lovely kid who is just running around – which is exactly what Otis and Elodie would do when not painting ice. Hahaha.

Comment by Rob

His American accent is fully developed in that video.

Comment by Mary Bryant

Hahahaha, yes. He still has it occasionally – more words than whole sentences. And he still calls money ‘dollars’ …

When I hear him from back then, I realise just how strong it was. Next … Kiwi accent. Haha.

Comment by Rob

that poor kid is going to have the most fucked up accent. good job hes cute as fuck.

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Comment by Billy Whizz

My heart has just explode.

Comment by Katerina

Yep. Me too.

Comment by Rob

What a smashing little duo. I love they’re growing so fast but their relationship remains the same. It makes me so happy to see them and I hope it stays this way for them for a long time.

Comment by Mary Bryant

i still cant believe you had anything to do with that fucking little legend.

Comment by andy@cynic

Even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day.

Comment by DH

This might be the nicest thing you’ve ever shared on here. Thank you O&E.

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