1. As we are leaving with our teeth passed for action Alec says in such a sad voice 'I miss the dentist.'
2. On the other side of the hall I spot Alec's friend and her dad . While I am saying good morning Bettany climbs out of my arms and into his, clinging to him with all four limbs. He looks at me rather awkwardly around and over her heartfelt embrace and says that it's nice to get a hug.
3. She has made plates of small thises and thats for the children, ready the moment we arrive for lunch.