Me: What are you all whispering about?
Nell: Poppy and I are consoling David.
Nell: You know perfectly well why.
Me: I don’t want to make a fuss, Nell.
Nell: People need to know.
Me: You tell them.
Nell: Yesterday evening Sara heard that she has tested positive for COVID19 and it is more than likely that Kev has it too.
Me: I don’t know how I got it, Nell.
Nell: Never mind dwelling on how you got it. The wretched virus is everywhere at the moment. The main thing is that both you and Kev are double vaccinated.
Me: Thank goodness for those wonderful scientists and the vaccine.
Me: I thought I had a bad summer cold.
Nell: We had our suspicions and when you lost your sense of smell we knew.
Me: I’m so glad you are all here, Nell.
Nell: Where else would we be? Now, back to David. He isn’t dealing very well with this news.
Me: My poor Big Brave Beautiful Boy. Is he worried about me?
Nell: He’s worried about you and bacon.
Me: Bacon isn’t top of my agenda at the moment.
Nell: But it’s top of David’s. It’s his answer to everything.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: If he can’t offer you the comfort of bacon sandwiches he feels useless.
Me: He’s not useless. I don’t need bacon. I need hugs and Dave’s are the best.
Nell: Yes. That’s what I told him.
Me: It’s funny how difficult times can make you realise how lucky you are.
Nell: What do you mean?
Me: I’m surrounded by love, Nell. Even if people can’t physically be here I can still feel it and know they care.
Nell: That’s what I keep telling you. We’ll get through this together.
Me: Yes. Sorry.