On the night before school.

[Allie is laying out clothes before bedtime.]

By now, you see, most kids will have established a routine, and I want to do that, too.

On nutrition.

[Allie takes a bite of her bean salad…]

Ah, I can FEEL the protein surging!

On superheroes.

Mum, tomorrow on our walk, can we talk about the many limitations of Cyclops?

Sure!

…at length?

On mistakes.

Ugh! I am feeling wholly dysfunctional today.

On the work undone.

[It’s time to turn out the lights after bedtime reading. Allie sits up in her sleep and mumbles…]

I’ve been working on it… I’ve been working on it…

I know, buddy. you can rest now.

On future plans.

Mum. You know that I want to attend Cambridge University.

Yes.

I feel like I need to take some steps to make sure I get there. Would you help me with that?

Absolutely.

Do you have any advice for something specific I can do right now? It’s very important that I get started.

On swimming.

[Allie is getting into an unheated pool.]

[Sigh] I was really hoping for more of a controlled descent…