Me: Dave is looking awfully serious for a Tuesday.
Nell: David is an uncle now. He has Huge Responsibilities.
Me: He’s been an uncle for weeks and weeks.
Nell: I know that but now Toby has moved down to Devon to live with Tony and Sue, David’s responsibilities have increased. He is involved.
Me: He can’t visit Toby. None of you can.
Nell: Ridiculous. I don’t see why a short visit can’t be arranged. I know for a fact that Tony and Sue would be absolutely delighted to see us. We can bring scones.
Me: Tony sees you almost every day, Nell, and it’s not happening. You all need to keep Toby safe and that means waiting until after his second vaccination.
Nell: Talking of safe, what is all this about taking my water away this evening and no breakfast tomorrow?
Me: You weren’t supposed to hear that.
Nell: Well, I did.
Me: You are going to the vets to have your teeth cleaned tomorrow morning.
Nell: I am not.
Me: You’ll feel so much better afterwards, Nell. Poppy did.
Nell: Poppy has been missing a few teeth ever since.
Me: That was unfortunate but it doesn’t mean it will happen to you.
Nell: You don’t know that.
Me: No, I don’t. Your teeth affect your whole well being, Nell. It is the right thing to do.
Nell: No breakfast at all? Not even toast?
Me: I’m afraid not. You’ll have something after it’s over though and Chloe is going to give you a light massage and some laser treatment.
Nell: Oh, good. That’s alright then.
Me: If it’s any consolation I shan’t be able to do anything until you are home safely.
Nell: Don’t be silly. It’s just teeth cleaning. No need to make a fuss.
Me: Yes. Sorry.