Virtual Hug Day

Me: What’s the matter with darling Marv? Look at his grumpy face.

Nell: Chris and Shannon had breakfast without playing with him first.

Me: Well, they probably had to go to work.

Nell: Everyone knows there has to be playtime before breakfast.

Me: I didn’t.

Nell: No, because it’s your writing time and you’re not involved.

Me: Who is involved?

Nell: Everyone else?

Me: Everyone? Even Kev?

Nell: Yes. Kev is exceptionally good at playtime.

Me: Are Morning Thoughts before playtime?

Nell: Of course not. Morning Thoughts are after breakfast. How can anyone think on an empty tummy?

Me: True.

Nell: Now, David is going to zoom with Marvin when he wakes up. Toronto is five hours behind us, I think.

Me: Why Dave?

Nell: He’s the agony uncle. He is going to give Wise Advice and Virtual Cuddles.

Me: How on earth do you do that?

Nell: I don’t know. Something about tucking your paws in tightly around you and thinking happy thoughts. Ask David.

Me: I might do that with my family.

Nell: You’re missing them, aren’t you?

Me: Very much. It’s the worst thing about this pandemic.

Nell: Yes. I think there are a lot of people out there feeling lonely during this difficult time.

Me: Maybe we should organise one huge virtual hug where we put our arms around ourselves and say ‘Know you are loved and everything is going to be ok.’

Nell: That is actually a very good idea. Let’s say 6pm.

Me: What today?

Nell: Why not? Marvin is obviously in need of one and we can all join him and anyone else across the world who wants to take part.

Me: Wouldn’t it be amazing if people really joined in?

Nell: They will. #virtualhugday. We can do this. Together.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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