Oh dear, it's been almost three months since last I was here 'in post'.
I have been finding my way through this time when my Baby Bird, Grizz, left the nest, full-fledged, you see.
And how is he doing?
Well. Good. I'm very proud of him in fact.
He didn't choose to go to a University far away.
For which considerate thought I am very grateful. My nephew is in Bournemouth. It makes for a long, difficult, expensive journey for him to get home. I think he feels that.
My son, on the other hand, is less than twenty miles from home. He lives in student digs two miles from my workplace. He sees me once a week-ish at lunch-time. We hang together, my big boy and I.
I chide him for wearing light clothes against the bitter weather. We peer into shop windows, in search of likely Christmas pressies for him.
We laugh at odd things, people, we see in the street. We chuckle together at the possibly deluded man who is singing loudly, perhaps attempting to be spotted by a Talent Scout, or X-Factor.
When I have to go back to work, and him to lectures, we hug. Warmly.
I return to the office, a great big lump within my throat.
Oh, it's Fhina by the way.