June 15th marked the end of exam season in the UK. Thousands of students, my son included, sat their school- leaving exams (GCSE’s). In our household, it was also a landmark because the baby of the house had crossed this much-dreaded threshold. I crossed it with him lugging 9 subjects through blood, sweat and tears.

So that’s it! I’m done! I heaved a sigh of relief when he finished and jetted off to Milan with friends for sun and fun.

He sent me a pic with the caption, “Love you, mummy- I’m grown now.” It made me cry. 

Tears of sweet relief 

testing the mummy in me

fall like soft rain

©Vivian Zems

Jilly hosts dVerse poets today with a call to write an unconventional haibun using  seasons in our lives.