Nell: I was sitting outside in the front garden this morning…
Me: Looking very lovely, if I may so.
Nell: Why, thank you.
Me: Especially the crossed paws.
Nell: A lady remains elegant at all times. May I continue?
Me: Of course.
Nell: And I was marvelling at the colours of spring.
Nell: It is an optimistic season and we need a little more optimism in our lives at the moment.
Me: It’s very hard to be optimistic, Nell.
Nell: I know, but sometimes it’s the little things that can lift your spirits. An unexpected kindness, a phone call from a friend, or a fresh egg.
Me: A fresh egg?
Nell: Yes. Knitwear Wolf and the Farm Dogs have managed to track some down.
Me: How wonderful.
Nell: So Poppy and Malcolm have been busy making cakes.
Nell: As I explained to the puppies at Morning Thoughts, there are times when we eat healthily and times when we need cake.
Me: We definitely need cake.
Nell: Do you remember visiting your mother in the hospice during her last days when those ladies came in to the room with cake and tea?
Me: Yes, I do. They were smiley and kind and the tea was in a proper teapot and there were pretty cups and saucers and a selection of cakes to choose from.
Nell: Yes, there were.
Me: It meant a lot to us. Their kindness.
Nell: I know it did. Cake can do that.
Me: It can.
Nell: So, I think a little cake is called for at the moment.
Me: It is.
Nell: And kindness. To ourselves as well as to others. Trust in spring and its optimism. It knows better times are ahead if we just weather this storm together.
Me: Yes. Sorry.