Why is Nell so happy?

Me: I’m not sure Dave has seen your upsidedownmaddogface before.

Nell: Of course he has. Many times.

Me: He looks a little worried, Nell. He’s even dropped his toy.

Nell: Silly animal.

Me: It’s not something you do that often.

Nell: I do.

Me: It’s definitely more of a Dave type thing.

Nell: David is excessively optimistic.

Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: David’s world is a happy one.

Me: So, are you going to tell me why?

Nell: Why what?

Me: Why you’re so happy? Is it because today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year with the promise of light and hope ahead?

Nell: Here we go.

Me: The birth of the sun taking us into longer days and more light for everyone?

Nell: No.

Me: Oh, because I always like the idea that the days get longer from tomorrow. I feel like we’ve turned a corner.

Nell: Yes, you would. You and Dave have more in common than you think. Secret Eating for a start.

Me: What do you mean?

Nell: Don’t think for a moment that Poppy hasn’t noticed the Christmas cake you were tucking into yesterday.

Me: It’s home made from the farm shop and it’s Christmas, Nell.

Nell: It is still shop bought.

Me: Never mind that. I want to know why you’re feeling so happy so I can share in it.

Nell: It is because of my special injection.

Me: What special injection?

Nell: Kev and Chloe organised it when I went for my hydrotherapy. It helps with my arthritis pain and means I can come off my tablets.

Me: That’s wonderful.

Nell: Yes, I had a really good sleep.

Me: I need one of those.

Nell: You need to go downstairs and apologise to Poppy.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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