We are all in this together

Nell: Now, today is the last day we are all going to be together for a while. Chris and Shannon leave tomorrow and Alice and the children on Thursday.

Me: I know.

Nell: But the sun is shining and the sky is blue so we are going to make some wonderful memories.

Me: Yes, we are.

Nell: Our Penguin might even do some filming.

Me: You just called it Our Penguin.

Nell: Well, that’s its name.

Me: I see.

Nell: I realise it is very hard for you that the children are having to leave early but we need to keep everyone safe.

Me: Yes, we do.

Nell: It is all about looking out for each other now, young and old.

Me: Yes, it is.

Nell: We animals have an extremely important part to play in all of this.

Me: You do?

Nell: Yes. We were discussing it at Morning Thoughts. We need to make sure you get fresh air and exercise.

Me: How thoughtful.

Nell: Harriet and the Farm Dogs are creating a fitness plan and Gladys is offering dance classes.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: The larger animals have signed up already. We also need to make sure you eat healthily and well.

Me: Dave’s area of expertise.

Nell: David will be assisted by Poppy and Malcolm. Knitwear Wolf and The Cat are covering fashion.

Me: That’s a relief.

Nell: Our main concern, however, is your happiness. So Mutley will be available to listen.

Me: He can’t hear.

Nell: Exactly. The rest of us will keep you occupied with regular chats, good advice, cuddles and singing.

Me: Singing?

Nell: The Welsh corgi choir insisted.

Me: Will I have time to write?

Nell: Of course. We’ll get through this together, you know. You and me. Always. Remember?

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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