I was writing an entry in my hospital journal
when Bee came over and tried incessantly to get my attention.
"And Mom, my friend was ..."
"Listen, Mom, I ..."
"Sing with me, Mom!"
I said at last,
"Hey, Bee, would you leave me alone for fifteen minutes?"
She replied in a small voice,
"OK, Mom! I'll set a kitchen timer."
I must have said it more gently since she didn't frown at all.
My original Japanese entry.