1. When I come back into the kitchen Alec is holding a long green balloon as a cricket bat and Tim is -- very gently -- bowling the plush ball from the skittles set.
2. To get a coffee and make a to-do list. It's a semi colon in my day.
3. In the dark, on a winter evening, early enough that the park is still full of cheerful voices, to brush against a winter scented shrub that has pushed itself through a garden railing.