Draw your children close tonight

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The New Year spirit has been dimmed somewhat by news from my daughter’s old school that a young boy there, 16 years old, took his own life yesterday. Katie knew him by sight, no more than that, but is quite distressed about the news, and even I have had it preying on my mind for most of the day. I can’t get my head around what would make anyone kill themselves – especially someone so young, with their whole life ahead of them. His Facebook page is now filled with dedications and stories from those who knew him, and if only he realised how much love and admiration and respect there was for him, things could have been different. My heart goes out to his family and friends – I can’t begin to imagine how his parents must feel.

Not really sure what the point of this post is, other than to say, whatever else you do today, make sure you let your loved ones know how you feel about them. Draw your children close tonight and tell them you love them and you are there for them, whatever life throws at them. Because life is short … so short … and you never know what’s round the corner.

RIP Colin. I never knew you but you’ve touched so many lives.

“When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.”
― Mitch AlbomFor One More Day

Empty Nest Syndrome

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Eighteen years, one month and 21 days ago, as I held my newborn daughter in my arms, my mum said, “Make the most of her. She’ll be leaving home before you know it.”

Oh how I laughed. This tiny baby? This little person who needed me completely? She’d be leaving home one day? Never!

Yet this morning my beautiful daughter and two friends flew off to Zante on a post-A level holiday. And so long as she gets the results she needs, in three months she’ll be packing her case again and heading off for university. And though I know she’ll be home for holidays, I also know – and hope, really – that it’ll be the start of a whole new independent life for her, and she won’t ever be back for good. Because bringing up your kids to lead independent lives is the role of a parent, isn’t it? Continue reading