On the joys of walking by water with someone you love

Puhoi River estuary, at Wenderholm. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Puhoi River estuary, at Wenderholm. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

My son has booked an appointment to sit his restricted driver’s license in about four weeks. While I’m glad he has done this, it does mean the end of a particular era in our relationship. No more chauffeuring him to sports, music, parties and school events — and no more driving lessons. We won’t be spending lots of time in the car together, and I’m wondering if it will bring to an end the long, varied and highly enjoyable conversations we’ve always had while driving.

He mastered the basics of driving pretty quickly and so lately we have been focusing on longer trips where he has had to concentrate in heavy traffic conditions for longer periods of time. Last week we headed out of Auckland for lunch and a walk at Wenderholm Regional Park. It was a perfect day; clear, warm and still.

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Estuary, Puhoi River at Wenderholm. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Wenderholm was the first of Auckland’s Regional Parks, and is sited on the estuary of the Puhoi River. The area’s status as a regional park has meant that the surrounding forest has been well-preserved and contains a large number of scenic walking tracks. As neither of us was really dressed for bush-walking, we contented ourselves with a stroll along the sandy river’s edge.

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Puhoi River estuary, Wenderholm. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

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Puhoi River estuary, Wenderholm. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Surprisingly warm for the time of year; the boy-child testing the water. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Surprisingly warm for the time of year; the boy-child testing the water. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

I am of the view that my job as a parent is to facilitate my son going out into the world and not only surviving, but thriving, as a good human being. Growing away from me is part of the deal. I just hope he always wants to come back for a chat, and a walk in the sunshine.

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. You can find out more here.

 

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22 thoughts on “On the joys of walking by water with someone you love

  1. The rite of passage of youth is a milestone for parents and other relatives. It seems apt that you went to such a pristine natural wonder as part of your son’s ritual. It’s a gorgeous park with the ambience of nature’s serenity. Happy Photo Challenge.

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  3. Su, what a lovely spot! I know what you mean about the joys and sense of loss in the moving on into independence of a child. I know you’ll keep finding new ways to enjoy time together, just as we have with our two girls, neither of whom are near us now. It makes the times together even more cherished.

    janet

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  4. These are lovely photos. I, too, regretted it a bit when my days driving my daughters everywhere were over. For one, thing, I immediately fell out of touch with current music because they were no longer controlling the stereo. The nice thing is that they still seek out the conversations, albeit in different locations. We are all busy, but we still crave the connection.

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  5. Reblogged this on Zimmerbitch and commented:

    It’s just as sunny and clear today as when these photos were taken. But I am in the kitchen making dinner for guests and the boy-child is taking another step into the adult world — organising utilities and shopping for saucepans for his new flat.

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