1. The postman rings the doorbell.
2. Nick takes Alec off up town in the sling. They come back with a loaf of bread, some Belgian chocolates (in a black coffee brown box with a lime green ribbon) and a story about a little girl who opened the till and nearly got into the chocolate display..
3. We run into an old commuting acquaintance of Nick's. I like chance meetings like this because people are always so surprised -- and pleased -- at the change from a confirmed bachelor to a proud father.