Me: Can I just say a huge thank you to everyone for your lovely birthday messages and get well wishes for Kev. Your support really means a lot.
Nell: It does.
Me: It was quite a day, wasn’t it?
Nell: It certainly was. The main thing is that Kev is home and the operation went well.
Me: Yes, I couldn’t concentrate on anything until I heard he was safe.
Nell: None of us could. David spent most of the day waiting at the front door.
Me: And Poppy looking out of the window.
Nell: FaceTiming with Alice and the grandchildren and Chris and Shannon was lovely.
Me: Yes, it was. Andre made a cake and the children had party hats and sparklers. It felt like I was there with them.
Nell: It was kind of Charlotte and Scarlett to call by.
Me: She knew I would be worrying.
Nell: Harriet behaved shamelessly. Throwing herself at Scarlett like that.
Me: I think everyone got involved.
Nell: We were all a little emotional.
Me: Talking of emotional, I’ve never seen you as overcome as you were when Kev came through the door.
Nell: He means the world to me.
Me: I know he does.
Nell: I had been strong all day but when I actually saw him and knew he was safely home I had to let my emotions run free.
Me: I completely understand. I was exactly the same.
Nell: Now, yesterday wasn’t a proper birthday so we are extending it into today.
Me: How wonderful.
Nell: There will be lots of cuddles and cake and steak and chips for dinner.
Me: That’s Kev’s favourite meal.
Nell: Yes. We thought that’s what you would want.
Me: You were right. You know me so well.
Nell: We are family.
Me: Yes. Sorry.