1. My mother calls to say she is coming to lunch, which means everyone will be cheerful and well-behaved.
2. To watch Alec trying and failing to have a tantrum about the lack of chocolate biscuits. I gave him a cuddle and told him I understood. I am not sure whether my empathy took the wind out of his sails, whether he mastered his feelings or whether he just wasn't cross enough to go into full-blown lying on the floor kicking mode.
3. To buy for myself and me alone a particularly large slice of cake.