Nell: I know you’re sad to be saying goodbye but August isn’t far away.
Me: You’re right. It’s not like the Covid years when I had no idea when I’d see them again.
Me: It’s been so wonderful having them here.
Nell: Yes. Family time was exactly what was needed.
Me: It was.
Nell: And everyone still had a lovely time.
Me: I hope so.
Nell: Are you sure I shouldn’t accompany you to the airport?
Me: There’s no room, Nell, and it’s over 2 hours each way.
Nell: I just wanted you to know I was willing.
Me: I appreciate it.
Nell: I don’t like to think of you driving back all alone.
Me: Don’t worry about me.
Nell: We shall all be waiting with lots of cuddles.
Nell: David has asked for a hair brush so his coat is nice and glossy.
Me: It’s always glossy.
Nell: He wants to look his best. As Chief Cuddler he has responsibilities.
Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.
Nell: We’d also like to thank everyone for all the cups of Earl Grey you bought us.
Me: Yes. It really means an awful lot. Thank you so much.
Nell: Is there any news about Alex?
Me: Yes. They’ve moved her out of isolation onto the intensive care ward.
Me: I think the move tired her out as she was sleeping when her children visited.
Nell: She needs her rest.
Me: Yes. The nurse told me that breathing is exhausting for her which is why she still has the breathing tube as a support.
Nell: Whatever’s best.
Me: So, it’s time to say goodbye to Alice and the children now, Nell.
Nell: Not goodbye. Auf Wiedersehen. I’ll be seeing them again soon.
Me: Yes, you will. Sorry.