St. Nicholas Day

Me: Today is St. Nicholas Day and it’s ever so important in German speaking countries.

Nell: Tell me about it.

Me: I love the way you’re using Harriet to rest your chin on.

Nell: I’m a little tired and Harriet doesn’t mind.

Me: It’s really sweet. Anyway, yesterday evening Jonathan and Faye cleaned and polished their boots and put them out ready for St. Nicholas.

Nell: Why?

Me: If they’ve been good children they’ll find treats and chocolate stuffed into their boots in the morning.

Nell: And if they haven’t?

Me: Coal, which rather ironically would be quite welcome in times like these.

Nell: Not for children.

Me: No.

Nell: There was nothing in my boots this morning.

Me: We don’t celebrate St. Nicholas and you haven’t got any boots.

Nell: I have an empty bowl.

Me: It’s not the same.

Nell: I licked it clean and so did the others.

Me: I’m sure you’ll find some biscuits in it later.

Nell: Bacon would be better.

Me: Have you been good?

Nell: Of course I have. I’m the role model for all animals in this house.

Me: If you say so.

Nell: I can’t speak for David, however.

Me: My darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy has been awfully good in the main and so has Harriet.

Nell: Then there will have to be bacon sandwiches in our bowls.

Me: What about Poppy?

Nell: I’m afraid there’s a high risk of coal unless St. Nicholas is forgiving.

Me: I think he is.

Nell: I would have shared my sandwich with Poppy if he wasn’t.

Me: You all would. You’re extremely good about sharing.

Nell: That’s why St. Nicholas will make sure there’s bacon in our bowls.

Me: You’re right.

Nell: Go on then. The bacon won’t cook itself.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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