Me: It was lovely to see Elliot and Scarlett.
Nell: David overstepped the boundaries as usual.
Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy. The love just bursts out of him. He can’t help it.
Nell: He can. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Look at his face.
Me: Elliot doesn’t mind. Christmas is the time for showing affection.
Nell: You are right, I suppose, and it certainly was a joy to see them, and Charlotte too.
Me: Yes, and to FaceTime with Alice and the grandchildren in Germany and Chris, Shannon and Marvin in Toronto.
Nell: Thank goodness for technology.
Me: Yes. Did you see all that snow? Magical.
Nell: Marvin said it doesn’t feel magical at 6am in the morning.
Me: It’s a strange old world at the moment, isn’t it, Nell? Let’s hope next year is different.
Nell: Yes, I know it is, but, as I told you, we just need to take one step at a time. We will get through this.
Me: Talking of steps, the llamas were awfully noisy this morning. What on earth was going on?
Nell: Why Santa had to give them roller skates for Christmas I do not know.
Me: Oh, is that what they were doing? I thought they were moving rather fast.
Nell: I must admit I was shocked when I looked outside.
Me: I bet you were. Llamas on roller skates isn’t something you see every day.
Nell: It wasn’t that. They weren’t wearing helmets. Everyone knows helmets must be worn at all times. Gladys always wears hers.
Me: Gladys has roller skates?
Nell: Of course, but she’s aware of health and safety. Llamas are naturally reckless.
Me: Oh dear. It will all end in tiers. See what I did there?
Nell: Good grief.
Me: I’ll get my coat. Sorry.