Teenager flew into Switzerland this morning, got the train to Germany and is now in Bavaria at a school called Birklehof. He is there on a social and cultural visit with four classmates. Tomorrow they are going on a sixteen kilometre hike in the local hills. He will be involved in visits, team games and general great fun.
When he was born other half and I wanted him to have as many opportunities as we could manage to provide and facilitate. I realise that we have had our dream. He is truly international, and has had some wonderful adventures and chances to try things.
We have worked hard to achieve it. It's been worth every pound.
Watersports, football, rugby, horse-riding, swimming, hiking, travelling, sports events all over the world...........
He wants to go to South Africa for a couple of weeks with school to work at a charity next year. We hope we can manage that too as apparently it is a marvellous experience. I want him to see the world and what it can offer.
Opportunities and understanding choices. That's what being young is all about.
In fact, that's what it's all about full stop for all of us!!