Apologies to everyone out there who thinks my title a little schmalzy. This is actually a post for this week’s Gallery at Stickyfingers, and as the prompt this week is ‘a smile’, I wanted to dedicate it to my lovely son James (having obtained his go ahead to publish the photos..), who this weekend leaves us for his first term at University.
He has always had a lovely smile, usually captured best when he was caught more or less unawares. If asked to pose for too long his grin hints at ‘What no cheese Grommit?’ The first picture suggests Nick Park may indeed have used him as a model…
All through this he has developed his unique personality and always trusted in his own feelings, never conforming to established norms, and never doing anything that would make me less than very proud. (other than failing his modern language GCSEs on purpose..)
But mostly he just beams..
My heart is aching just a little. It is a big day for James, however commonplace a spell at University is now. It is also a marker for me – however much I will miss him, I have truly seen him safely into adulthood. And now it is down to him.