This will be a very short blog today and the last until Sunday I suspect. On the eve of taking my beautiful daughter to begin her University education, I want to spend the day with her. I want to be doing things with and for her, not for me. How we spend our last day at home until the Christmas holidays and the first days in Durham is just for us.
As a family of four, we are all living our lives and following our own paths in life. Separately and together. Sometimes we walk the same path, other times our paths are parallel and at others, they are divergent. But then they come together again, are shared or are crossed over. Onwards, ever onwards and continuing. From one minute to the next, as we walk the same road, we build up memories of shared experiences. When we no longer share so much space, we can begin to share separate experiences, together. Just from afar.
As a Mother, I feel very proud of a job well done. Our daughter is ready to take the first steps towards leaving home. While she alternates between anxiety and excitement, she is looking forwards to the future. She will do well for herself and continue growing in to the amazing, independent young woman I know she will be. She knows where we are when she needs us and we will always be here for her. She also knows the time has come to stride out on her own. And she is ready.
I think the road to Durham and back will be a long and emotional one.