While he was at nursery, Daniel met a soul mate.
He and Heather were introduced when they were 7 months old in the baby room and went all through nursery together (except the time when they split them into different rooms and the staff soon learned the error of their ways when endless wailing meant they had to keep taking them on visits to each other’s rooms because they were so upset by the move).
Anyway, I’m told it’s very unusual for two children to form such a close bond at such an early age.
Daniel and Heather are still really good friends and regularly visit each other despite the fact that they go to different schools in different towns.
But Heather’s mum and I did get a vision of what could be if their relationship endures.
How utterly adorable is this?
I plan to bring this photo out if and when Dan ever gets married.
Beautiful blushing bride and the groom looks, well, somewhere – anywhere – else.
It was graduation at nursery (I know, I know, whatever next?).
There was a marquee in the garden and the children had all been learning their lines for the final show.
Carer Charlotte would say: “when I grow up I want to be . . . ” and the mini actors and actresses would all troop through the tent one by one to say their line. . . . “a fireman”, “a dancer”, “a chocolate taster” – OK that last one is a lie but it’s what I was thinking as they were uttering their lines.
So it comes to Daniel and Heather’s turn and Charlotte says: “when I grow up I want to be . . . ” “married with a family” and Daniel shoots across that stage faster than I have ever seen him move before with poor Heather, her wedding veil and a pushchair in tow trying desperately to keep up.
And her mum and I have been the best of friends ever since.