“Okay, kids. I think we need to talk.
“Now, yes, as I have been neglectful about mentioning, we are moving.
“Bella, as the oldest, I expect you to set a good example. You’ve been through this twice before, so you know it will all be okay.
“Finn, as the dog of the household, and our official shepherd, it will be important for you to keep all the elephants off the property for this endeavor. You’ve done a good job so far, keep up the good work.
“While plans keep shifting, as is the Choate way, the plan at this time is that one week from today the movers will come. We hope. As you can see, we’ve pretty much packed up. They will come and take our stuff to the new house.
“After this has happened, I will come back for you that evening and take you to the new place. Yes, it will be sudden. But I feel confident that you can handle it. I’m the human, you all are the pets. I’ve got it covered.
“Now, the important thing it to remain calm.
“I love you all and you are definitely coming with me. When we get into our new house I hope to have more time with you.
“So please stop worrying!”