As I mentioned briefly in my last blog, it was Sophie's graduation from uni a few days ago. It's a bit of a miracle that she actually completed her course as she really didn't enjoy it and was all set to give up before her final year.
The problem was that she didn't know what she wanted to study, she just knew that she definitely wanted to go to Royal Holloway, which is part of the University of London.
It's a beautiful Victorian building complete with two quadrangles, which they made full use of after the graduation ceremony in the stunning chapel. The students were to walk down the central aisle through the pews to where friends and family were seated.
We took our seats in the second row just before the ceremony started and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to see past the woman in front of me as she was wearing a rather large and unusual hat (see the picture on the right!), but I still ended up with a good view.
I had a tear in my eye as a triumphant or possibly relieved Sophie walked past clutching her scroll. The weather stayed dry for the champagne reception afterwards, then we decamped for a family lunch.
It's the end of an era now that both Sophie and Daniel have finished university, and they've achieved something I've never had – letters after their names. I hope it'll help them gain employment in this unpredictable job market, though I'm not entirely sure that a degree helps you to be a singer or a football manager
Do let me know what aspirations your offspring have!
Till next time,