Tomorrow my son leaves home. He has just completed his high school and is doing what many young South Africans do, taking a gap year, before deciding what to do for university or work.
He is going to Cape Town for several months to train and work for Youth with a Mission, known as YWAM. There have been children in our home for over 21 years, and this marks the first time that my wife and I will be seeing one of our chicks leaving home for an extended period.
I am beginning to understand now what the ’empty nest’ feeling must be about.
By the way, it’s because of our youth taking a gap year that many of the bars in London are staffed by young South Africans.