In the Activity Field

Me: I made some really interesting observations in the activity field yesterday.

Nell: Here we go.

Me: Activity means different things to different people, or should I say animals.

Nell: Indeed. Everyone has their own way of staying active.

Me: Yes, and yours seems to involve an awful lot of sitting down.

Nell: I am exercising my mind. You of all people should understand that.

Me: I do. It’s just that the others love to run around sniffing here and sniffing there.

Nell: I enjoy a sniffari as much as the next dog.

Me: As long as it’s in your own time.

Nell: Exactly. We senior Labradors like to pace ourselves. Slow and steady.

Me: Yes, and the activity field is perfect for pondering, isn’t it?

Nell: It is.

Me: Did you come to any conclusions?

Nell: I did.

Me: Are you going to tell me what you were thinking about?

Nell: Pasta and Hattie Button.

Me: Interesting.

Nell: I thought so.

Me: Are the two connected?

Nell: They are.

Me: Could I ask how?

Nell: Poppy has decided that Saturday evening is pasta night and I was wondering whether Hattie Button would prefer spaghetti or penne.

Me: I know what I’d choose.

Nell: This isn’t about you.

Me: No.

Nell: I decided that much as penne is easily eaten no young animal can resist the joy of spaghetti.

Me: Speaking as an older animal I would say all ages find a spag bol pretty hard to resist.

Nell: Did I mention spaghetti bolognese? Poppy might be planning a carbonara or even a cacio e pepe.

Me: Seriously?

Nell: No, of course not. We’re having spaghetti bolognese in front of the television. England are playing in the World Cup quarter final. What else would we be doing?

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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