Me: My darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy was a bit full on with our visitors, wasn’t he?
Nell: Full on? He climbed right up onto Elliot and licked his face. He knew he had overdone it.
Me: He was just being friendly, Nell. He hadn’t met him before, so he was excited. Elliot didn’t mind. Dave is just naturally affectionate.
Nell: He takes it way too far. And what about social distancing?
Me: I don’t think it’s really Dave’s thing.
Nell: Well, he needs to show restraint. It was embarrassing.
Me: Charlotte and Scarlett laughed.
Nell: They weren’t being climbed on.
Me: Well, I think we all could do with a hug at the moment, Nell. And Dave’s hugs are the best.
Nell: These are difficult times, I agree. Have you heard anything more about the audio book?
Me: It’s with the distributors now. We are still hoping it will be released before Christmas.
Nell: Good. I think it’s just what people need.
Me: Yes. I know lots of people have been listening to the Christmas Special again. They find it comforting.
Nell: We need to remember that this too will pass. It’s where we are now. But it’s not where we’re going to stay.
Me: You’re right.
Nell: Better times are ahead. We just need to keep going.
Me: It’s certainly turning out to be a strange old Christmas.
Nell: It’s one that people will talk about for years to come.
Nell: The thing to do is to make the best of it that you can, and if you feel you’re not coping then let someone know.
Me: We are in this together.
Nell: Yes. Let us know. We are always here.
Me: Thank goodness for you, Nell.
Nell: Thank goodness for us all.
Me: Yes. Sorry.