I was expecting it, but when my younger one told me his class was going on an overnight camp, I was totally unprepared.
How would my little baby cope? Who would tuck him in at night; give him a kiss to keep the monsters away? How would he spend his first night away from home?
He had no such fears. He was excited. I hid my emotions from him.
On the way, his bravado collapsed. “But how will I sleep without you?”, he asked.
“My love will always be with you”, I reassured him.
He’ll do fine. We’ll do fine.
The photograph is of Plop- the owl I made for my son to take to school with him.