Nell: We’re posting our conversation early today because you have to take Alice and the children to the airport.
Me: Yes, and I’ve chosen three of my favourite photos from their visit.
Nell: Did the photo of Faye have to be one with Naughty Nigel and Boo?
Me: It’s magical and sums up the fun she’s had with all you dogs.
Nell: Jonathan looks lost in thought.
Me: He was working on a story in his head. He has such a lively imagination.
Nell: Now, I know this is a difficult day for you, but remember the goodbyes are only for now.
Me: Yes. In German you say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ which means ‘until we meet again’.
Nell: Exactly. And this time it’s not going to be two and a half years.
Me: I really hope not.
Nell: Just make sure you drive carefully.
Me: I always do. I’m carrying precious cargo.
Nell: I meant on the way back from the airport as well as going there.
Me: I will. Don’t worry.
Nell: You’re precious too, you know.
Me: Thank you.
Nell: Little Faye calls us ‘My dogs’.
Me: I know she does. I hear her every morning saying ‘Mummy, can I go to my dogs now, please?’
Nell: We will always be her dogs no matter where she is in the world.
Me: And Jonathan’s too.
Nell: Of course.
Me: You’re going to miss them, aren’t you?
Nell: We’ll stay in touch on WoofsApp or Zoom. They’re even thinking of joining my Young Animals group.
Nell: I think we might have a quiet rest of the week.
Me: I agree.
Nell: And take time to reflect on two wonderful weeks. So many happy memories. So much love.
Nell: It’s okay to be sad.
Me: Yes. Sorry.