Dave and Harriet are 5 Today

Me: Where are the puppies?

Nell: Upstairs by the window watching the rain.

Me: They can’t do that on their birthday. It’s miserable.

Nell: They can. I told them to.

Me: Why?

Nell: They’ve had a large breakfast, or in David’s case two, and they need to rest.

Me: Where’s Sally?

Nell: Rupert has gone to collect her from the station.

Me: I can’t believe the puppies are 5 today. It seems like yesterday that they were little.

Nell: David has never been little.

Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: Sunday Songs are about to begin.

Me: Good.

Nell: The Welsh Corgi Choir are singing a selection of David and Harriet’s favourite songs ending with Happy Birthday when Sally arrives on the back of Rupert’s motorbike.

Me: How do they know when that will be?

Nell: They don’t, they’re just going to keep singing until the bike comes down the lane.

Me: But they won’t hear it.

Nell: Gladys and the llamas are listening out. At the first sound they’ll perform an interpretive dance indicating Sally’s imminent arrival.

Me: I can’t wait to see that. Won’t Harriet feel a bit left out?

Nell: No. Jim the Farm Dog will be singing ‘Unforgettable’ earlier in proceedings.

Me: So Dave will be happy for Harriet but sad for himself thinking that his true love is far away when we all know she isn’t.

Nell: Exactly. Now, please don’t give anything away.

Me: I won’t.

Nell: Just smile quietly.

Me: Are we still having Poppy’s Sunday Roast?

Nell: Of course. With all the trimmings and extra Yorkshire puddings and gravy so David can’t possibly make a mistake.

Me: I think you’ll find he can.

Nell: Then he does. It’s the puppies’ birthday today and they can do no wrong.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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