1. A small voice recites a few lines from the book we are reading.
2. The woman behind me in the queue is being lovely to the three small children in her care. She calls them "darling" and "gorgeous" and her focus is on them all the time. There is not a trace of stress or impatience in her voice and they are serene and compliant. I gather from the conversation that she is their nanny. It's always a pleasure to watch someone with the childcare temperament at work -- I envy her (and her charges), and I wish I could focus on Alec in the same unselfconscious manner.
3. I go to the bank expecting a fight. I have a fistful of ID and a heart full of determination. "I can do it as a direct transfer if you like?" she says. ... "There, it's gone through."