" one small step for man ..." and today it was one giant leap for our eldest as she embarked on her first international trip! As we waved her off at the airport, I thought about how, as our children are growing up,we invest so much time teaching them to be strong and independent so that one day they will step confidently into the big, wide world. And then,they do. Surely it was just a few moments ago that I was waving her off to kindy? Sometimes being a parent seems to be mostly about learning to let go. Given that you get so much practice at it as your kids get older, you would think it would get easier. Apparently not! I am dead delighted that she is going and will be seeing her younger sister (a whole other leave-taking earlier this year!) and I am proud as punch that this independent young person is brave enough to seek the adventure but that didn't stop my heart doing a flip-flop as she went through the departure gates ... Still, what fun they will have - two sisters, in Europe, in Summer. With a Visa card. Yay for giant leaps!