Nell: What is the matter with you?
Me: I didn’t sleep well.
Me: Too much on my mind. I just couldn’t settle.
Nell: What was on your mind?
Me: The pandemic, no money, not knowing when I’m going to see the family again. That kind of thing.
Nell: It’s all very understandable.
Me: Do you know that Faye will be 2 at the end of May and the last time I saw her she wasn’t even 1? I’m never getting this time back again.
Nell: What you need is a distraction.
Me: I don’t know.
Nell: What do you feel about Scotch eggs?
Me: Scotch eggs?
Me: Kev loves them and so does Chris.
Nell: David is a huge fan too. Poppy is making some for the picnic.
Me: I didn’t know we were going on a picnic.
Nell: Someone suggested it at Morning Thoughts. They heard you pacing around upstairs last night and thought it might lift your spirits.
Me: Well, I would like to say a big thank you to that someone. It’s very kind of them to think about me and it is a lovely idea.
Nell: I’m sure that someone will be very pleased to hear that.
Me: I would be delighted to attend the picnic. Will there be cake?
Nell: Of course. Lemon drizzle and lots of sandwiches cut into squares with the crusts off.
Me: The way my mother used to make them?
Me: I know the someone is you, Nell.
Nell: No, you don’t.
Me: You’re always looking out for me.
Nell: We all are.
Me: Yes, but you’re the one who knows me best.
Nell: We will get through this. Together. Trust me.
Nell: You and me. Always. Never forget that.
Me: Yes. Sorry.