I’ve been feeling quite alone of late. But maybe I’m just feeling more free?
THERE ARE FOUR people living in our house still, but it’s starting to feel like an empty nest.
After my wife leaves for work around 8am, I sit alone in the top room writing and often don’t see anyone for hours at a time.
My son is, theoretically, present but – blessed with epic Summer Holidays after finishing his GCSEs in June – has done what most teens would, and turned almost completely nocturnal.
His sister, meanwhile, is finally about to start University, after a Gap Year working 9-5 in an office out west.
As a family, we are poised for change.
No-one is actually leaving the house but, by Christmas, the kids will be deep into their A-Levels and degrees, having taken another step up in maturity and a step further away from us.
And like British shipyards, steel works, coalfields, my House Dad business (Est. 2002) will feel closer than ever to locking its doors for the final time.