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.
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.
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.