Me: This is a difficult day for me, Nell.
Nell: Yes. We all miss her too, you know.
Me: Thank you for the photos of my mother.
Nell: The one with Cousin Seamus and Naughty Nigel when he was just a puppy reminds me of how she loved her garden.
Me: Yes. I love the smiling one. She was so happy.
Nell: She was with you.
Me: I wish I could see her again. Just once.
Nell: Close your eyes and you will.
Me: You are right.
Nell: We will celebrate her life today.
Me: Yes. She loved life so much.
Nell: She certainly did. David will sing later and Gladys will perform a contemporary dance.
Nell: I’ve asked them to be discreet but one never knows.
Me: I don’t mind.
Nell: I know you don’t.
Me: I’m so glad we found her final resting place. It will be good to have somewhere to go now to talk to her, Nell. It is such a beautiful spot high on a hill overlooking the countryside.
Nell: It is lovely.
Me: Yes. It is just so hard to say goodbye.
Nell: “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
Me: J. M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.
Nell: Yes. Wise words.
Me: My mother loved that story.
Nell: You understand that we can’t all be with you, don’t you?
Nell: You are going to the hotel for lunch after the ceremony and unfortunately they don’t take flamingos, or alpacas.
Me: I understand.
Nell: I just spoke to the manager, however, and he is happy for me to accompany you.
Me: So you will be with me?
Nell: I am always with you.
Me: Yes. Sorry.
Nell: No need for sorry. Not today.