How on earth did this happen? Where did those years go? It really feels like just yesterday that I was dropping him off at nursery, with a lump in my throat and his tiny hand in mine.
Regular blog followers will know that this hasn't been an easy journey for us. School phobia at eleven and then fighting tooth and nail to financially afford to keep him in the private school he grew to love, have left us with a huge sense of relief and achievement (and debt!).
But nobody has achieved more than him - our lovely young man. After missing out on a full year and two part years of education he still managed to forge friendships and come out with 9 GCSE's and 3 AS levels. We have quiet confidence in him passing his A levels this summer - but with teens, who knows?
Would I do it it all again if I had my time over? Aside from the crippling fear which engulfed him, hell yeah! I believe that every sacrifice we've made has been more than worth it and we've given him the best possible start in life - what he now chooses to do with that is up to him. And even his anxiety can be turned into a positive - if I hadn't been there in my car for three years to support him, I may never have put finger to keyboard and written my first chicklit novel. I guess all things happen for a reason.
In fact as my son often says, 'If it hadn't been for my mad phase, you might never have become a writer.'
Yes, he is one quirky boy!
So tonight, I shall raise a glass to my young man - who still doesn't drink and says he never will! - and reflect on the years which have flown by at a rate of knots. All you mums out there with kids about to start school - love every minute because you won't believe how quickly they pass.
Now a new journey starts for my boy - job searching. Watch this space ...