Gaining Perspective

Me: We are very lucky to live where we do, aren’t we?

Nell: Yes, we are.

Me: In fact I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently.

Nell: Here we go.

Me: Why is it that a walk by the sea always helps to lift my mood?

Nell: Fresh air, beautiful views, sand under the paws, excellent company?

Me: All of those things, but there’s more.

Nell: A cup of Earl Grey and a piece of cake afterwards?

Me: I think it’s about gaining perspective. Things always seem larger the nearer you are to them, so sometimes you just need to put a little distance between you.

Nell: Are we talking about David now? Only he does seem a lot smaller when you watch him on the beach from the cliff top.

Me: No. I’m talking about life, Nell. And worries. When I’m by the sea I realise that I’m just a small part of something much bigger.

Nell: Talking of small parts. Have you seen Henry and Horst today?

Me: No. Have they gone missing?

Nell: They didn’t turn up for Morning Thoughts.

Me: Maybe they’re having a lie in.

Nell: I’m sure they will turn up soon.

Me: What if they’ve been kidnapped by a Beefy?

Nell: Don’t be silly.

Me: Or a swan?

Nell: Good grief.

Me: Or accidentally thrown in the food bin again.

Nell: What do you mean by ‘again’?

Me: I thought they were sultanas.

Nell: Sultanas? We don’t have any in the house. They’re bad for dogs.

Me: I know. Fortunately they were both wearing hats so I fished them out. Are those leaves wearing hats, by the way?

Nell: Leaves? No. It’s Henry and Horst.

Me: Oh yes. Sometimes you just can’t see the woodlice for the leaves.

Nell: Enough.

Me: Sorry.

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