Having to hold back.
I will tell you a little secret, my girl is bright - not just bright but A level, A* potential bright, but that's not the little secret - I will get on to that later.
She has had offers from all but one of the unis she has applied for. Her boyfriend, of the past two years, is also bright (on some subjects brighter than her on others not). She wants to study Biomedical Science, he wants to study Zoology, they have chosen to apply to unis where both these subjects are taught so that they can go together.
Now here is my secret, at the moment they favor Newcastle
which is almost 300 miles away and over 5 hours to drive there. I cry at the prospect, I cannot even type this post without tears running down my face. She is my only child, my baby and I would much rather she went to Essex uni - 20 minutes drive away but a a push could cope with their next option which is Sheffield
which is 3.5 hours drive away but NEWCASTLE!
So whenever they talk excitedly about it I have to smile and join in and realise that is is the time to let her go, find her wings and fly. Believe me fly she will because wherever she goes and whatever she does she will give her all and do her best.
Perhaps it is time to stop holding back and let a wider world benefit from the marvel that is our girl Grace!
Reasons to be cheerful:
1. That I am putting a brave face on it.
2. That my friend Julie knows how I feel and can relate to it as she felt the same.
3. That the kids have the brains and determination to carve their own paths in the world.