We need to clarify that we were not left totally alone when Mum went to Portland last weekend. We were cared for by Dad and fed regularly. Occasionally he fell asleep on the job but he took care of our basic needs. He was a bit short on the cookie allocations and my evening back massage before bed was forgotten, but we survived. Mum said she could never leave us alone because we would destroy the house. Wherever did she get that idea from?