...Just as the family were packing for Florida, the kids the most excited they'd been since he'd told them granny was dying, he received the call he'd been dreading from the quack specialist Hettie had picked up in a Kensington casino. His mother was going to Pull Through.
"Call it the Brexit effect," said the surgeon.
"The what now?" said Jim, watching Sian and Noah pointing at maps of the USA.
"It's a recent phenomenon, common in the older person. The vote for Brexit has had an astonishing rejuvenative effect on the weary. We've seen terminal-cancer sufferers tap-dance home. In your mother's case it appears her ailments have been shrunk beyond recognition. It's like a miracle."
"You're saying - she won't die?"
"Oh, I wouldn't go THAT far - but if I were you I'd cancel the flight to Switzerland."
The doctor was joking. Jim laughed along. After hanging up and promising the cheque was in the post he called his sister.
"Hettie? You'd better cancel the flight to Switzerland."
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