Saying Goodbye

Me: I hate saying goodbye.

Nell: I know.

Me: I’m just not very good at it.

Nell: David has been demanding cuddles from Chris all morning.

Me: I thought we decided not to tell him that Chris and Shannon have to leave early.

Nell: We did. He just wants cuddles.

Me: You and Harriet joined in and you aren’t even a cuddly kind of dog.

Nell: Of course I joined in. When somebody is going away you need to have as many cuddles as you can.

Me: Why?

Nell: If you close your eyes and simply remember you can still feel their paws around you.

Me: I must try that.

Nell: Now, David will be distraught this evening when he realises Chris and Shannon have gone so Poppy thinks a spaghetti bolognese is the best idea.

Me: Ok.

Nell: It’s comforting and messy and Jonathan and Faye love it too.

Me: It’s one of my favourites.

Nell: I knew that.

Me: Of course you did.

Nell: Did you know Malcolm and Susan have invited Our Penguin to stay with them at The Nest?

Me: How kind. Have you seen Henry and Horst? Chris wanted to say goodbye.

Nell: They had to answer a distress call over at The Barn.

Me: Is there something wrong with the larger animals?

Nell: Apparently Alejandro had a sudden craving for pickled fish.

Me: Oh no.

Nell: It turned out to be a false alarm. He was just yearning for Peruvian sea fish.

Me: You mean ceviche. It’s raw fish marinated in tiger’s milk.

Nell: Don’t be ridiculous. A tiger would never agree to that.

Me: No. It’s a citrus marinade.

Nell: Why mention tigers then? Now, go and give Chris a goodbye hug. He’ll be back as soon as he can.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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