Nell: What on earth is all that noise?
Me: Well, the thing is, Nell.
Nell: Here we go.
Me: It’s Thanksgiving in the United States today.
Nell: Yes, I’m aware of that and I would like to wish all our dear friends from across the pond a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Me: Yes, although one of them is actually here.
Nell: Are we talking about the pug in a hat?
Me: Yes. Babycakes Gillespie.
Nell: So what is the thing, because there’s an awful lot of kerfuffle going on for a Thursday morning?
Me: Dave, Harriet, Gladys, The Cat and I thought we might celebrate with him because he’s so far from home.
Nell: So you formed a Thanksgiving committee?
Me: I wouldn’t call it a committee as such.
Nell: Is anyone else involved?
Me: Well, Poppy and Malcolm are preparing all the food with Manuel and Benjamin Seagull.
Nell: And Henry and Horst?
Me: They’ve been helping Knitwear Wolf and The Cat distribute Thanksgiving cardigans.
Nell: How are they doing that?
Me: On the back of the larger animals.
Nell: And Princess?
Me: She’s performing later with Gladys and the llamas. Dave has been persuaded to sing.
Nell: Good grief.
Me: Our Penguin is filming it all.
Nell: All we are missing now is the Welsh corgi choir and the Whippets Institute.
Me: Don’t worry. They should be here soon. The minibus got stuck in traffic.
Nell: Why exactly was I not consulted?
Me: We thought you and Kev might be too busy with the surprise.
Nell: I’m never too busy to give thanks with friends and family. This year has been a dreadful one, but we still have each other and for that I am very grateful.
Nell: So, where’s my hat?
Me: I’ll get it. Sorry.