Family Time

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?

Me: Sorry.

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