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?
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.