This is Chester
He has disappeared, and no one can find him.
He was there, out in the library earlier this morning keeping an eye on the Coronavirus statistics which I have constantly updated on one of my computer screens.
In fact, he mentioned the fact there were more than 3,000,000 cases worldwide.
Then Rosemary came into the room to tell me she was calling the doctor.
A glance from Chester to her then to me was a quizzical one.
What’s wrong, he asked.
Cold-like symptoms, I said, but didn’t elaborate.
Then, as we were leaving for the COVIS Clinic, yes, the doctor had advised her to go and have a test, I was equally evasive about where we were going.
Bear in mind we have the two grandchildren over because their parents work, and they are doing their schoolwork from our home. We made an oblique reference to them about what was happening and then left.
I suspect Chester, rather than avoid them, decided to confront them, wanting to know what’s going on.
He as well as I are fully aware of the ramifications of COVID 19 in this house.
And when we arrived home, he was nowhere to be seen. The girls said he loitered around them for a few minutes then went up the passage, to what they thought was one of his hiding places.
He was in none of them.
If she has COVIS 19 then I’m willing to be we don’t see him again until the crisis is over.
Oddly enough, I don’t miss him yet.
Maybe in a month or so…