Happy Birthday and See You Again Soon

Nell: I’m afraid David has been squashing people again. He knows it’s wrong.

Me: Oh dear. Look at his guilty face.

Nell: He insisted on climbing onto Shannon’s lap.

Me: He thinks he’s a lapdog.

Nell: He is 45 kilos and he simply doesn’t think things through.

Me: But it’s meant well.

Nell: David and I have discussed Meaning Well several times. It is not an excuse for squashing visitors.

Me: No.

Nell: Now, today is a day of light and shade for you isn’t it?

Me: Yes.

Nell: It is your sister Charlotte’s birthday and we are all having lunch at the Cottage Hotel with your little sister Alex.

Me: I’m looking forward to it.

Nell: So, am I. The views of the coast are simply wonderful and we shall all be together.

Me: Yes. But not for long.

Nell: No, because later you are driving Chris and Shannon to the station.

Me: I know.

Nell: They have to fly back to Toronto.

Me: I’m not looking forward to that.

Nell: No. But if you want people to come back then they have to leave.

Me: Yes. I suppose they do.

Nell: So, try and think of it as a see you again soon and not a farewell.

Me: I’ll try.

Nell: In the meantime Gladys has planned some extraordinary entertainment involving a trapeze.

Me: Oh my goodness.

Nell: The roofers have nearly finished so she wants to make good use of the scaffolding.

Me: Where is Harriet?

Nell: Meditating. She started doing it with Chris and Shannon. Did David just walk past carrying my handbag?

Me: Yes. Gladys seems to be wearing feathers.

Nell: Did he seem awfully tall to you?

Me: Yes.

Nell: He wasn’t on stilts though, was he?

Me: Yes. I’m afraid he was. Sorry.

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