Me: Where is Harriet?
Nell: Jonathan came up with some excellent ideas at Morning Thoughts so they are busy putting them into a useful form.
Me: What were they?
Nell: “Singing always helps, except when it really doesn’t.” David liked that one. Fortunately Shannon loved the song yesterday, by the way, and was delighted with Gladys’s contemporary dance, if a little surprised when it started.
Me: She probably wasn’t expecting her to jump out of your handbag.
Nell: Maybe not.
Me: Did Jonathan have any other ideas?
Nell: “Tell is better than Show, if you need to work through important feelings.” Malcom agreed and proceeded to over-tell in my opinion.
Me: Is he still upset about Kitten Kardashandrun?
Nell: He’s only gone and invited her over to try his macarons. Ridiculous idea.
Me: They are good though, Nell.
Nell: That’s not the point. She is all fluff and no consequence.
Me: Well, I think you are being harsh. We should give her a chance.
Nell: She’s a distant cousin of The Cat’s, you know. Says it all.
Me: Any more Jonathan ideas?
Nell: “Always ask Mutley first.” Harriet’s favourite.
Me: But Mutley is deaf.
Nell: Yes. But it’s all about the talking it through and working out what he would say.
Me: I suppose it is.
Nell: The final one was “Everything is better at the beach.” Very true and exactly why we are going there for lunch and sandcastles.
Me: I am having a lovely weekend, Nell. My idea is “Everything is better with Family.”
Nell: Yes. That’s why we are all here. Do keep up.
Me: Yes. Sorry.