I'm not sure that I do 'letting go' very well. I love the fact my kids are independent and that my son, in particular, is adventurous and eager to experience what they can. But for a mum who has the worry gene imprinted in her DNA, it's kind of hard.
I've tried so hard to latch on to my son's excitement over his month long trip to Europe. I've encouraged and shown an interest in places on maps which have very strange names and very little vowels in their spellings. I've helped get clothes and toiletries together. I even gave him and 2 friends a lift to the station this morning. But I can't deny that I wish he had more concrete plans rather than flight tickets, a booking for a few days in a hostel in Croatia, a ticket for a music festival, an Interrail ticket and a map. So be prepared for a bumpy ride with me over the next few weeks! All I can tell you is all that I know: he will be staying in Zadar this week and he is planning to be the Garden Festival here over next weekend. I tried to instill some culture into him by telling him that I had heard of the sea organ which had been built there where the action of the sea hitting various pipes etc makes atmospheric noises. Impressed? No of course he wasn't.
Talking of music, the evening on Saturday was amazing. So many talented musicians at one school. There was much dancing going on and if there had been a prize for the table with the most food on it, we would definitely have won - we all over catered. No one went home hungry!