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Today I'm feeling really nostalgic. My daughter has just completed her last working day in the Metropolitan police force after 30 plus years of service, including one as a police cadet, back in the days when there was such a thing, and last night, when we spoke on the phone, I think I might have been the more emotional of the two of us.
As her mum I clearly remember the enthusiastic 18 year old who left home with such high hopes and ideals, all set to change the world. Of course she didn't manage to do that after all, but she made a huge contribution to society as well as mostly enjoying her long and active career in many roles and in several ranks.
She's now looking forward to a couple of months' relaxation before taking up a new role in safeguarding for the Church of England in a London borough, the sort of work she's been doing within the police force in recent years.
For me it's just endorsed how quickly the years have flown away and the many changes our lives have undergone in the meantime.
I always think that change is one of the bigger challenges we face in life. One of the greatest is how we care for our children, only to later find ourselves in reversed roles with our children caring for us.
The picture is a sketch which an acquaintance shared with me, (artist unknown), and which I thought instantly demonstrated how life suddenly turns around, with the carers becoming the cared-for.
I hope you've enjoyed a good week and that you'll be able to relax a little over the weekend and recharge your batteries.