Nell: I think we should discuss Tony’s visit yesterday.
Me: It was lovely to see him, wasn’t it?
Nell: Yes, but I’m talking about the behaviour of certain animals.
Me: I agree. Harriet was not well behaved.
Nell: No, she wasn’t.
Me: But my Big Brave Beautiful Boy covered himself in glory.
Nell: As opposed to ice cream. Yes, David showed admirable restraint.
Me: That moment when Dave looked at the ice cream and then at Tony and decided Tony was the one he loved more.
Nell: Yes, I’m extremely impressed with him.
Me: I’m so glad we were able to offer some comfort, Nell. I noticed you were looking after Tony too.
Nell: Of course. I’m afraid it was only Harriet that let the side down. Trying to steal his ice cream. Appalling behaviour.
Me: Ice cream can do that to you, Nell. Especially on a hot day.
Nell: Have you seen the latest?
Nell: You are not going to believe this.
Me: I just might.
Nell: Beauregard came out of the tree house.
Nell: With Oliver on his back.
Me: An opossum riding a tiger? I wish I’d seen that.
Nell: You can. Go into the kitchen. They are both eating bacon sandwiches with David.
Me: And Oliver is still on his back?
Nell: Yes. Beauregard doesn’t seem to mind at all. In fact I would go so far as to say he encourages it.
Me: Gosh. Well, that’s going to make Oliver feel a lot braver.
Nell: What do you mean?
Me: No one is going to startle you if you are riding a tiger.
Nell: I suppose not. Although, you might startle them.
Me: I wonder if Beauregard would let me ride on his back.
Nell: Stop right now.
Me: Yes. Sorry.