Friday flip through the archive: remembering the joy of walking by water with someone I love

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.

Zimmerbitch

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…

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20 thoughts on “Friday flip through the archive: remembering the joy of walking by water with someone I love

    • He’s only a 10 minute car ride away. He actually moved out about a year ago, but has just moved into a house on which he and his friends have the lease (rather than being flatmates of the leaseholder), so he has lots of new responsibilities. so much growing up in such a short time!

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