This tiny but meaningful interaction between Nicky and his mom makes me squee. It's the little moments that make you realize that the Pikes really do look out for all their kids. :)
Back at the Pikes’ house, things were as hectic as before. The only difference was Mrs. Pike had come home.
“There’s my Nicholas,” she smiled.
She gave her son a quick kiss on the cheek and kneaded his slumping shoulders.