This is Happiness

Me: You were the first one to hear his train coming.

Nell: I was on high alert.

Me: We all watched it pulling into the station.

Nell: We did.

Me: Desperately trying to catch a glimpse of Chris in the window of the train.

Nell: Yes.

Me: And then finally there he was. Standing on the platform with his arms outstretched. My darling son. And I was hugging him again. Just as I had imagined over and over during the last 18 months.

Nell: It was an emotional moment.

Me: It was wonderful. I’m in tears thinking about it.

Nell: I’m glad I packed those extra handkerchiefs.

Me: So am I.

Nell: Poppy and the Puppies were completely out of control when Chris walked through the door.

Me: Yes, they were. Harriet actually squealed with joy. And Dave simply threw himself at him.

Nell: With a great deal of force. He nearly knocked Chris over.

Me: He didn’t mind. Dave is an emotional sort of animal. He loves giving cuddles.

Nell: He still hasn’t stopped. He actually held on to Chris with his paws to make sure he wasn’t going anywhere.

Me: I know. Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: It was a very happy homecoming.

Me: Yes, sitting drinking tea and chatting to Chris with Kev and you all around us is my idea of pure happiness.

Nell: Now, it’s a rainy sort of day today so Poppy has decided there will be two breakfasts.

Me: Gosh.

Nell: Cereal and toast first thing and a large fry up with absolutely everything later.

Me: Does that mean sausages as well as bacon?

Nell: What do you think?

Me: I think Dave is going to be very happy.

Nell: I think we are all very happy.

Me: Yes, we are. Sorry.

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