A Mixed Feelings Sort of Day

Nell: Now, this is going to be a mixed feelings sort of day for you.

Me: It is.

Nell: You’re excited to be coming home to us all but very sad to be saying goodbye to the family.

Me: Yes. Why is Dave wearing his mayoral hat and chain?

Nell: He was chosen to Make Sure You Come Home.

Me: I see.

Nell: We discussed it at Morning Thoughts and felt David had the necessary authority as Mayor of Kingsbridge to deliver the ultimatum in a photo.

Me: Ultimatum?

Nell: You need to come home. You do realise Sunday Songs has been changed to Monday and there’s no Sunday roast.

Me: What?

Nell: Poppy has refused to cook one until you’re back.

Me: Gosh. What are you having instead?

Nell: Salad. Anyway, tell me about yesterday.

Me: It was a magical family day. The headmaster welcomed all the new pupils and their families.

Nell: Good you were there.

Me: Yes. Jonathan received an official school id card and handshake from his class teacher.

Nell: Excellent.

Me: The headmaster said they’ll be learning English and Jonathan put his hand up to say he could already speak it.

Nell: Good for him.

Me: And when the headmaster asked him to say something in English Jonathan said, ‘Nice to meet you.’

Nell: Good boy. Well mannered.

Me: Afterwards Alice gave him a huge cone full of presents for school which is a German tradition and Faye got a little one too.

Nell: Lovely.

Me: And later we all went to a restaurant and walked back in the evening sunshine tired and happy.

Nell: Which is what you will be when you finally come home to us this evening.

Me: Yes.

Nell; It’s okay to be sad too. Goodbyes are hard.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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