Nell: David is never going to learn.
Me: Learn what?
Nell: Showing Restraint. When one is introduced to someone new, one does not throw oneself into their arms.
Me: I suppose that is a little forward. What happened?
Nell: Tony brought a lovely young colleague of his called Molly to meet us and David overreacted.
Me. My Big Brave Beautiful Boy. He can’t help it.
Nell: Tony is going away for 2 weeks on Sunday but don’t tell David.
Me: Shouldn’t we warn him?
Nell: No. It doesn’t make it any easier. He just dwells on it. Remember when you went to Berlin last year?
Me: When Baby Snail was born?
Nell: Your granddaughter’s name is Faye Raine. You may call her Rainbow but not Baby Snail.
Nell: Anyway, where was I?
Me: I was visiting Rainbow.
Nell: Yes, David worried about you leaving for days. We can’t tell him about Tony.
Me: He seems to like Molly.
Nell: He loves Molly.
Me: If we ran a hotel we would put Dave on reception.
Nell: Are you out of your mind? Guests would be dropping like fish at his boisterous welcome.
Me: Don’t you mean flies?
Nell: Certainly not. Beefies don’t drop flies. Nobody would notice. They drop mackerel. Do keep up.
Me: Well, he could carry their bags. He is ever so good at carrying Gladys around in your handbag.
Nell: I know we have a lot of visitors at the moment but we are not going to run a hotel.
Me: Do you know why there are a group of sparrows in the kitchen, by the way?
Nell: Were they carrying paintbrushes?
Me: Yes. Are they doing some decorating?
Nell: No. They are here for Timothy’s art class. Didn’t you see the posters?
Me: No. Sorry.