1. "That's a nasty cough," says the waitress. "Glass of tap water?"
2. I reject a miserable afternoon in which I spend all my energy on staying awake and feeling guilty about not getting anything done.
3. When I dropped Alec at nursery he was adamant that he did not want a nap. When I pick him up they laugh. "He slept for an hour and went off in about five minutes." When I ask what their secret trick for getting him off to sleep is I am told that they stroke him between the eyes. "It works with all the children. Their eyes get heavy after just a few minutes."