Me: You and Jonathan really bonded this visit.
Nell: Yes. He is an admirable young chap and will make an excellent big brother.
Me: I think so too.
Nell: Now, I know I usually come to the station to wave you off but it isn’t possible this time. There is too much luggage.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: You are perfectly capable. Now, I need you to play the short, ageing woman card when you change trains at Reading as you will need help with the cases.
Me: Short, ageing woman? I’m only 60.
Nell: Stop grumbling. Just get someone to help and don’t start trying to lift the cases yourself.
Nell: Poppy has made sandwiches and cakes in case there is a problem with the buffet. Malcolm has popped in a few macarons and Susan collected some shells from the beach.
Me: That’s kind of her.
Nell: Kev has sourced a selection of reading material.
Me: Do you mean magazines?
Nell: Yes. I would suggest “Good Housekeeping”. Always worth a read. We have also recorded a “See you again soon” video for Jonathan and Alice to watch at their leisure featuring songs from David, stories from Mutley and a poem by Harriet.
Me: What a lovely idea.
Nell: You will be pleased to hear that Gladys was able to perform despite yesterday’s ketchup incident.
Me: That is a relief.
Nell: Do try and find a forward facing seat. You know how confused you get when things start moving away.
Nell: As I tell the puppies: Look forward and smile. There are so many exciting times ahead.
Nell: And remember when you look back, a beautiful memory will be waiting for you, because we have made more than enough for everyone.
Me: Yes. Sorry.