Mia learns empathy

On Mia’s tablet screen, Ben and Holly are inside a sandcastle.
They have lost track of time.
The tide is rising.
The castle is surrounded by water.
Ben and Holly are trapped without a magic wand or a flying friend.
The soundtrack becomes frantic and Mia looks at me with stricken eyes.
‘Mummy!’ she cries, ‘I want to watch Peppa Pig!’

A large sand castle on the beach. It is dusk. There are many birds on the horizon.
Sandcastle fit for a fairy princess and her best elf friend. Image by Michael Baird (Sandcastle at Sunset on Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA)
P.S. For those of you who aren’t parents, Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom come from the same British producer. Peppa Pig episodes are 5 minutes and Peppa is 4 years old. Ben & Holly episodes are 10 minutes and the title characters are 8 years old.

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