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"Bwoo, " He points a chubby finger at the blue paint.
"Ooooh, lello" His attention moves onto the yellow paint, he touches it and gets some on his fingers. He draws with his paint covered fingers onto the paper and then wipes the rest on his apron.
"Ed?" the red paint, he points again.
"Yes, that one is red, clever boy! Do you want to paint with red?"
"Nooooo... Mummy dis?" pointing at the purple paint.
"That's purple"
"Urbe... Oooh Orrrrrran" His attention swiftly moves from the purple to orange paint. He knows it has the same name and colour as his favourite fruit. He presses his paintbrush into it and sweeps orange paint across his blue paper.

"Mummy, dis?"
"That one is green, green like leaves."
"Ooooh... eafs," as he carefully dabs his paintbrush into the green paint.
"Yes, leaves. Can you say green?"
Pointing little fingers at the end of his paintbrush and peering closely at the green paint he insists, "Eeeeeeafs! mummy, eafs!"

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I am a 24 year old British stay at home mother to a two year old boy. Married to a U.S. soldier and currently living in Germany.

I have seen the Vatican from the very top of St Peter's Basilica, the mud in the World War I trenches outside Ypres. I have walked through Montmartre side streets bustling with people in the evening, gotten lost in the streets of Greenwich Village NYC, run through cornfields on the Welsh border and sat outside with a cup of tea watching fireflies in the fields of the outer Chicago suburbs.

I have held the hands of others through addiction, fear, suicide, despair and come out the other side. I have left everything behind to begin anew.
I have fought mental illness and walked through snow in the mountains of the lake district, England. I have explored the morgue in the bowels of an abandoned hospital on a summer evening, climbed to the top of scaffolding on the outside of a five floor warehouse to look at the city lights of Nottingham at night and I have watched the sun setting on the Texas horizon.

I have held my son's tiny hand through the plastic window on an isolette in the NICU ward. Walked, speaking only in whispers, through the catacombs beneath the ground on the outskirts of Rome and seen the fireworks over Heidelberg castle.