1. Getting so into a story that I nearly make myself late for work.
2. Most mornings I see two little blonde bespectacled brothers, aged about nine and seven, on their way to school. Up until the start of this term, their mother was always with them. But now they are allowed to go it alone. They usually seem to be having a serious conversation about something -- but perhaps it's just the glasses that give them such an air of solemnity.
3. Seeing a friend growing in confidence because a supportive and perceptive managing director has taken a special interest in him.