Me: I wish you wouldn’t all look at me like that.
Nell: I’m not looking at you at all.
Me: There simply isn’t room to take you with me and the hotel doesn’t take dogs.
Nell: All these weeks we have been counting down to the family arriving and only now do you tell me I am being left at home.
Me: You’re all being left at home. Nell. Including Kev.
Nell: I’d even chosen a welcoming hat.
Me: You could wear it when we arrive back tomorrow.
Nell: Hats are for airports and stations.
Me: That’s a ridiculous thing to say. You’ve just made that up.
Nell: It’s fine. Don’t worry about me.
Me: You’re coming with us on Monday to collect Chris and Shannon from the station.
Nell: Am I really, though? Can I trust you?
Me: Of course you can.
Nell: Anyway, enough of all this betrayal and neglect.
Me: A slight over exaggeration.
Nell: Is your case packed?
Me: More or less. I don’t need much.
Nell: Take a book. They might be delayed.
Me: I hope not. Jonathan and Faye are going to be very tired.
Nell: I think Alice might be somewhat weary by then too.
Me: Gosh, I’m so excited, Nell.
Nell: I know you are. You’ve been awake since 5:30am.
Me: I can’t believe I’m finally going to see them all again. The last time they visited was July.
Nell: I remember it well.
Me: I’m afraid the weather forecast isn’t very good. They are predicting a week of rain.
Nell: Do you think anyone cares about that?
Me: Probably not.
Nell: This visit is about family and cuddles and love.
Me: Yes, it is.
Nell: A little bit of rain isn’t going to make any difference at all.
Me: Yes. Sorry.