This is the sun setting as we drove up and over the hill heading north out of Dunedin back in midwinter 2008. It seemed to reflect the odd feeling I had about dropping my son off at Otago University so far away from home. Both exciting and sad at the same time.
This March my last offspring left home. She hasn't gone as far; just over an hour away in Hamilton.
They all come back of course, and bring their friends. And lately, Significant Others. And it's wonderful. My three are like nova in my sky and I love to watch them shine and grow.
Belatedly, I want to mark this event with some special words from a well-known philosopher.
But before his words, I want to reveal a secret to my children. Do you remember the 'Green Eggs and Ham' I used to make for you? Well it was just a ploy to get you to eat silverbeet. I would cook it up, give it a whirl in the vitamiser, and then fold the puree into the cheese scrambled eggs.
You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
- Dr Seuss.