A is 13 today. The end of childhood and the beginnings of teenagerdom. Her big present was a smartphone, for which she paid half with her savings. It’s tempting to say that it is an extravagance, but comparisons with what I received at the same age aren’t so outlandish. Needless to say, mobile phones were science fiction when I turned 13, but I guess my Chopper bike was roughly equivalent. Of course we don’t want her on it day and night but she’s sensible. And she needs to keep abreast of technology and communications, even if it might simply be posting, sharing or ‘liking’ a cute image on Instagram.