Well, I knew it was coming. I had prepared for it in my inimitable, stoical manner. What must be, must be, I told myself. It's all part of life. There's no point in mourning in the inevitable.
Yet I was still not prepared for the desolation I experienced when Cat and Jonny left to go back to university. That indefinable sense of incompleteness, of emptiness at home. Missing their companionship, their fun, their laughter. A sense that our family is incomplete.
Yes, it is good that they look forward to resuming their studies and meeting their friends.
Yes, I am glad they are growing up and becoming wonderful adults.
Yes, I am happy they are enjoying themselves.
Yet I still miss them tremendously.
Roll on Easter!