Strengths and Weaknesses

Me: My chair doesn’t belong to me at all anymore, does it?

Nell: It belongs to whoever needs it most. That is the way of the world.

Me: The way of the world?

Nell: Yes.

Me: What nonsense. Harriet and Poppy know I want to sit there.

Nell: They want to sit there, too. In fact, they need to sit there after the latest news.

Me: What’s happened?

Nell: Poppy was due for a haircut but now her groomer tells us she’s closed because haircuts are not essential.

Me: I could have told her that.

Nell: But you didn’t.

Me: I thought she knew. Anyway, I rather like Poppy’s wild hair. It goes with her personality.

Nell: She can’t see.

Me: We could tie it back.

Nell: Tie it back?

Me: Yes. In a little top knot.

Nell: This is Poppy we are talking about here. She doesn’t do top knots.

Me: Well, if necessary, I’ll give it a trim.

Nell. You will certainly not. If anyone is trimming anyone it will be The Cat.

Me: The Cat would never let anyone trim it.

Nell: No. The Cat can cut Poppy’s fringe. It’s very good with scissors.

Me: You know that Poppy will never let The Cat anywhere near her with scissors.

Nell: Then it will have to be Kev.

Me: Why not me?

Nell: How many times have I told you it’s important to recognise your strengths and weaknesses? You wouldn’t ask a llama to sing.

Me: I suppose not.

Nell: You are not practical and Kev is. Poppy trusts him.

Me: You know who should really be doing this?

Nell: Here we go.

Me: Manuel the Octopus. He’s ever so good in the kitchen.

Nell: We are talking about cutting Poppy’s hair not peeling potatoes.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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