1. When I come down both children are sitting calmly and politely on the sofa waiting for a cuddle.
2. To walk home through the woods -- even on a wettish, grey day with a flat sky it's soothing to be among trees. The real world seems miles away, although I can hear (in a muffled way) the traffic at the bottom of the hill.
3. The smoke alarm goes off right before supper. The silence when it stops.