― They primped. They preened. My help was sought with the spiking of their freshly cut hair. Hair wax was applied. Funny faces were viewed in their reflections in the mirror, while I coiffed their locks. ∙ Toothy smiles were practised at the breakfast table. ∙ I was asked to smell the oldest one's breath, because he used extra toothpaste and brushed extra long*. Yep...minty. ∙ They got out some baby wipes and cleaned their shoes, even the undersides, because the under soles [...].