I'm on the IC with a coughing lurgy and have been for 10 days. It does not contribute to my mood. And today we sent son no. 2 off to continue his studies in a far-off Asian country. Saying goodbye to him at the airport made me realise today I am suffering severe symptoms of "empty nest syndrome". I'm a typical "stiff upper lip" Brit normally, but this afternoon I was walking to the shops with tears pricking my eyes and a lump in my throat. Fortunately my cold covers any sniffles. What I really need is a good run to shake this gloom off. Oh well, we're out with friends tonight so that should cheer me up and tomorrow I will start to appreciate the absence of a messy, lazy 20-something year old who hogs the bathroom!