However, in the last few days, several different friends have been telling me about their fully-grown children returning home after a period of study away, but this time with their partners. It gives an extra dimension to the expression – “You’re not losing a son, you’re gaining a daughter.”
With soaring house prices and a shortage of jobs, this seems a common current pattern.
For me, it softens the parting, allowing me to believe that maybe my empty nest won’t remain empty for ever.
Pascoe, however, whose room I keep for him, will not be returning here to live when he graduates from UEA this summer. Instead, he is bound for a PhD in Glasgow. Of course, I am thrilled he has the PhD place he most wanted and a bright future ahead of him. And he has a long summer holiday here before he takes up his place, so I shall make the very most of it.