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  • My four year old daughter, India, gave me one of those moments in the car on the way to work. It was a good British April day. It's the sort of day when we talk about "how good it will be for garden" - which translates as absolutely pouring with rain!

    India was sitting in her seat, being driven to her Grandma and Grandad's house to walk with them to school. She was happy. She had her favourite penguin and warthog toy with her, life was, as she calls it, "peachy".

    "Mummy", said called from the back seat. "what Darling?" I said. "I have decided that I need three things to make me happy forever" she said. I wondered what was coming. Toys she had seen on the TV advertising this morning? As usual, as every day, my amazing daughter surprised me.

    "Mummy, I need an umbrella, a tree house and I need to make some gingerbread men".

    I laughed. Not what I was expecting. "Why do you need those things?" I asked.

    " Mummy, I need an unbrella to keep me dry; I need a tree house so I can live it in and watch the world from high in the trees - and I need to make some gingerbread men so I have food to eat that is funny and interesting".

    Yes, one of those moments. I imagined applying that to my own life - the need to be warm and dry, safe at home and comforted by good things that make me smile. Sometimes - no, pretty much all the time - my children remind me that I have forgotten so much about how smple life should be. In the madness of every day, rushing to work, rushing through work (which I am lucky enough to love, but still...) and trying to cram in everything. Life could be simple. An umbrella, a tree house and some gingerbread men. Will I listen?
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