Nell: What time do you call this? The birds haven’t even finished their breakfast.
Me: We have to catch an early train to get to the airport on time.
Nell: Did you just say ‘we’?
Me: I’m going back to Berlin with the family this time.
Nell: You’re doing no such thing.
Me: I am, Nell. Jonathan’s starting school and there’s going to be a big family celebration so Chris and I are flying to Berlin too.
Nell: Why didn’t you tell me?
Me: I did tell you a while ago, I just didn’t remind you.
Nell: I don’t know how I’m going to break this to the others.
Me: It’s not for long, Nell. I’ll be back next Sunday.
Nell: I expect regular updates.
Me: Of course. We’ll FaceTime.
Nell: I shall have my iBone switched on at all times and fully charged.
Me: I expected nothing less.
Nell: And I expect you to do the same.
Me: I will.
Nell: Kev won’t like this.
Me: He’s actually looking forward to doing his own thing for a week, to be honest.
Nell: Doing Your Own Thing can be fun at first but it doesn’t last.
Me: Good that you’re there to look after him then.
Nell: David and Harriet will take over the night shift and Poppy and I will cover the day.
Me: Make sure you get some rest.
Nell: There’s no time for that. We can’t all go swanning off across the world at a moment’s notice.
Me: It’s Germany, Nell, and the flights were booked months ago.
Nell: Including your return flight?
Me: Of course. I’ll be back Sunday evening. I promise.
Nell: You’d better be. And keep that phone switched on.
Nell: We’ll be fine. No need to worry.
Me: I know. Sorry.