Of course our Little Phoebe lives a life of innocence. She has no need for a gloom-ometer and she is utterly unaware of the war in Ukraine, Trump or Johnson, the stock market or the concept of death. At present this world is a treasure house of interest and delight. Today I held her hand as she looked at ducks on the pond in Endcliffe Park. She was besotted and she even waved at them though they didn't wave back.
A few months ago, I sat her on my knee to watch videos of children's songs on "YouTube". She was enthralled. As her conversation skills remain rudimentary she began to signal that she wanted to watch videos by using the term "Baa-baa!" - presumably after one of her favourites - "Baa Baa Black Sheep" starring Little Tiny.
She will sometimes stand by the study door saying pleadingly, "Baa-baa! Baa-baa!". We have had to learn to limit these sessions as given half a chance she would be glued to the screen for ages.
One of her current favourites is "Wiggly Woo" about a worm that lives at the bottom of the garden. If you have been feeling gloomy, blue, anxious or angry, may I suggest that you play "Wiggly Woo" a few times and sing along.. It will make you feel a whole lot better and perhaps it will even become a favoured ear worm! Rock n Learn!