Sometimes you just need a cuddle

Me: I think Harriet has the right idea.

Nell: Here we go.

Me: In times of trouble we all try and keep busy and distracted.

Nell: Yes.

Me: But, actually it is perfectly okay to stop now and again.

Nell: Yes.

Me: Because sometimes all you need is a cuddle.

Nell: Not from me you don’t. I have far too many things in my bowl at the moment.

Me: You see, that’s where you go wrong, Nell. The puppies are excellent cuddlers. Even Poppy manages one now and again.

Nell: I need my personal space.

Me: Maybe our penguin would like a cuddle.

Nell: I beg your pardon? When did it become our penguin?

Me: It’s been here a while now, Nell.

Nell: That doesn’t mean it’s ours. It’s an independent penguin. It can come and go as it pleases.

Me: Well, it seems to be staying. It was eating mackerel with Malcolm in the kitchen just now.

Nell: I hope it wasn’t a Beefy mackerel. They threw one at Henry and Horst yesterday. Fortunately Gladys intervened and saved the day.

Me: What did she do?

Nell: Hit it with her cricket bat. Scored a six I believe, although I was wearing my sunglasses at the time so I can’t be sure.

Me: I suppose we’re going to have to wear sunglasses at the family photo shoot this afternoon.

Nell: What family photo shoot?

Me: Kev’s 60th birthday present. We are all going down to the beach.

Nell: What exactly do you mean by all?

Me: No animals, unfortunately, except for you.

Nell: Lucky me.

Me: You already know the photographer from our photoshoot for the book.

Nell: The one who took my ball?

Me: He just wanted your full concentration.

Nell: Nobody touches my ball.

Me: Of course. Sorry.

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