Me: Harriet looks worried.
Nell: I know.
Me: She’s doing that sucking in her lip thing.
Me: Has something happened?
Nell: It’s Poppy and the Easter Terrier.
Me: Which Easter Terrier?
Nell: You know Poppy has been telling the puppies about the Easter Terrier for years.
Me: They are only 2 now, Nell, so it can’t be many years.
Nell: For two years then. Poppy has been telling the puppies that the Easter Terrier waits for the Easter Bunny and boxes its ears if it comes close to dogs.
Me: What an aggressive animal.
Nell: That’s not the point. It is about protecting dogs from chocolate. It is a dangerous time of the year for us like Christmas for Timothy.
Me: I suppose it is.
Nell: That wretched bunny spreads chocolate everywhere. We need protecting.
Me: You do.
Nell: Only this year the Easter Terrier has been asked to maintain social distancing.
Me: Has it?
Nell: And it is not supposed to travel.
Me: It’s definitely not a key worker.
Nell: So we are no longer safe.
Me: Well, the same applies to the Easter Bunny, Nell.
Nell: Rabbits never listen. Everyone knows that.
Me: You know the Easter Bunny isn’t real, though, don’t you?
Nell: I beg your pardon?
Me: It’s just a story.
Nell: Stop right there. You’ll be telling me Winnie the Pooh isn’t real next, or Peter Pan.
Me: I would never do that.
Nell: I should hope not.
Me: So what is the Easter Terrier going to do?
Nell: Apparently a rather loud ‘Boo’ works too.
Me: Thank goodness for that. We need to keep you dogs safe.
Nell: And you all too, which is why we are staying home this Easter weekend.
Nell: Just a story, indeed.
Me: Yes. Sorry.