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  • "Make a wish," he says to his Mummy. "Close your eyes."

    She wishes the three of them could be happy forever.

    "Keep your eyes closed." The words of a four year old. The tone of authority.

    He summons me to him with a gesture.

    Closer, he indicates.

    Then, with both hands he moulds my face into a smile.

    There, he mimes, hold it like that.

    Fixing his own smile, he instructs his Mummy to open her eyes.

    "See," he says with a wave of his hands, "your wish has come true."
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