My son paid us a flying visit arriving here yesterday evening just before 7pm. We all sat around the table for a family meal of Spaghetti Bolenese. It may be rare but felt so right to have all of us there including my daughter’s boyfriend – who I joke is “part of the furniture”.
This morning up early to hurtle around the M25 to Heathrow. Hurtle? Yes well we very nearly did actually it was ridiculously quiet for 9am on a Friday. He checked in and had a coffee for me before boarding his flight which it seems just got out before the air traffic failure.
He is off to San Francisco to the biggest conference in Space Physics in the world. He is presenting a poster and talking at some spin off meeting about a Saturn Probe he is working with the data from. He has a proper academic paper being published in the next few days with him as lead author.
I’m so pleased and proud of and for him – he has worked so hard. One of the boys that didn’t make the divisive 11plus system we still stupidly have where we live and now look at his success. One of his classmates also just one a top global new young fashion designer of the year award.
So what do you do now as a parent when the child is clearly the better person? Learn from their example I suppose… His sister will soon follow suit, one term down on her undergraduate degree and she is also looking like getting a first if she carries on as she is.