1. That ten minutes between the alarms, when Nick comes down and cuddles us, is the warmest, safest time of the day.
2. I put Alec's lunch in a bowl so that it can cool while I go upstairs and wake him. I expect a fight because he is a grumpy devil after a nap -- but then I hear the shuffle-pat shuffle-pat sound of him making his way down the stairs. Sometimes, sometimes, lunchtime just works out.
3. To smile right back at someone who always seems faintly amused by everything.