"Mummy, I can do it all by myself now, look!"
This was the enthusiastic greeting I received by my grinning toddler one summer's morning as I walked into our living room to find he had successfully half-dressed himself (albeit a little twisted in places).
I was just about the flash a smile back and respond when I noticed his demeanour had suddenly changed.
His wide smile had disappeared. He came to stand next to me. His warm body leaning into my leg; his head resting gently on my thigh. In a soft voice he whispered:
"But, Mummy, I'll always need you. Always. Always."
And in that very moment, as I knelt down to hold my dear sweet child, I made a quiet promise to the universe.
I promised that I would always do whatever it took to help my children find their way in life and I promised to do whatever I could to build a better world for them to grow up and grow old in.