Today, Missy and I went for a walk. She was pushing her Dolly in a pushchair, and Dolly had to wave at every house, every cat, every butterfly, car, bus and everything else you can possibly imagine along the way. So did Missy. Dolly also had to have frequent sips from her magic bottle of juice - you know the ones - they refill themselves. This meant frequent pauses. Dolly also had to have frequent sleeps, which meant the pushchair had to be tilted, so her eyes could close. And Missy's little legs just kept plodding on, and her chatter never stopped, and neither did the smile falter.
This Moregranny smiled too.
So what if my oven (which does not work) no longer has any buttons. Or that juice gets spilt. Or that a watering can was beheaded. So what if things happen. They are just things, and when a little girl comes to me with big eyes and a big grin and says sorry, it is very hard to keep a straight face. I want to laugh and sweep her up in my arms, but when her Mummy is telling her sternly that she needs to say sorry and that Moregranny is very sad, I deliver an Oscar merited performance. And one minute later, I am paddling my feet in the paddling pool with a little one who has a plastic chair positioned IN the pool, so she can sit and splash.
Sigh. My house is full at the moment. There are toys all over the place. My garden has been covered with play mats, little houses, tunnels and a huge paddling pool. A bargain last year at a sale. 47pence. AND it has a repair patch too. It is not the smallest paddling pool I have ever seen. One's tightrope walking skills (hitherto undiscovered) are required to get past it without falling in. My flowers have been watered by someone who is a lot smaller than anyone else in this house, and she has also learned exactly how the tap on the water butt works. That took her 2 seconds. Shoes have been wet as a result.
And now, everyone else is asleep in this house - apart from me, and I am sitting here just marvelling at the power of love. And the complete insignificance of anything else. My heart is full too.
And tomorrow will come with more adventures. Heaven knows what Dolly may want to do.......