Me: Is Dave ok?
Nell: He is suffering a crisis of confidence. Kev is looking after him.
Me: Oh dear. Why?
Nell: Certain people have been distracted and he is feeling left out.
Me: Well, it’s a very busy time of year for Poppy with Christmas and the cafe.
Nell: It’s not Poppy.
Me: Mutley is a little tired, I suppose.
Nell: It’s not Mutley.
Me: It can’t be Harriet. She is very caring.
Nell: Good grief. Do I have to spell it out?
Me: It’s not you, is it?
Nell: No. Have a think.
Me: Is it me?
Nell: Of course it is. You are completely wrapped in Jonathan and Alice.
Me: Oh dear. I am. My poor Dave.
Nell: You just need to remind him now and again that he is still your Best Boy and he will be fine.
Me: I’ll do that right now.
Nell: Good. He will be Marvellous again in no time.
Me: Do you think he is scarred for life?
Nell: For Goodness Sake he just needs an extra cuddle.
Me: Yes. Sorry.