…but a new era begins. MsDD is in a hurry to get out of the door to catch her schoolbus. Today she begins life as a sixth former with all that entails: her own lunchtime patrol and wearing her own clothes and embarking on her A level courses.

Change is going to be the biggest constant in our lives for the next few years. As MsDD finishes school and, as she hopes, goes off to university, her big brother will return from his course in Canada. Or perhaps he won’t. Who knows? And who knows where we shall be then?