Emily is 16 months old.
My duties involved amusing her, feeding her, reading to her, keeping her clean and tidy, changing her nappies and generally keeping her safe. I loved it all.
All this even though she isn't my child.
This was on the same day as a woman was found guilty of starving her own 4-year old son to death and then keeping his mummified body in a travel cot in her bedroom for almost two years.
Looking after dependant, defenceless children, nurturing them and loving them is a basic human instinct which we share with the entire animal kingdom.
I find it very difficult to understand when people are missing this characteristic - the more so when there are so many cases of it occurring.
If there is life after death I hope these children have the very best of it and remember nothing of their life with us.