Me: I can’t believe this is the last day of their holiday.
Nell: What do you mean?
Me: The family are flying back to Berlin tomorrow.
Nell: But Chris only just arrived.
Me: I know.
Nell: We’re going to miss them very much.
Me: You are. The children have become part of your pack.
Nell: They joined in Morning Thoughts.
Me: And shared the milk left from their cereal.
Nell: Harriet accepted cuddles in the activity field because they came from Faye.
Me: Those two are best friends.
Nell: And Poppy even let Faye walk her on the lead.
Me: A little risky as she can be rather wild.
Nell: But she wasn’t.
Me: No. Poppy was astonishingly well behaved.
Nell: Dave is going to take this very hard.
Me: I know he is. He adores cuddles with the children and Chris is his soulmate.
Nell: They have always had an understanding.
Me: And what about you? Jonathan spent a lot of time with you this holiday.
Nell: Yes. He and I have bonded quite closely.
Me: I noticed. He told me you were a very special dog.
Nell: I think he’s a rather exceptional little boy.
Me: I agree. In fact both Jonathan and Faye remind me of Christopher Robin in different ways.
Nell: I don’t know any Christopher Robins.
Me: You do, Nell. He’s in my favourite books by AA Milne.
Nell: The one about that portly bear?
Me: Yes. Winnie the Pooh.
Nell: Obsessed with honey, I seem to recall. I favour marmalade, myself, but I suppose my opinion doesn’t count.
Me: Of course it does. You actually remind me of Eeyore sometimes when you’re having one of your Grumbly Days.
Nell: And who is Eeyore?
Me: A depressed donkey.
Nell: I beg your pardon?