What I felt today in the car park of St.Peters College is what I should have felt back in 1988 when my results were out but I didn't really care and I wasn't even in the country at results time.
But today I arrived and parked up 20 mins before Liz and Aaron arrived so I took in the atmosphere of students coming out with their results and hugging their parents and sharing the excitement with their fellow students.
Hand on heart I was now suddenly very nervous and worried for Aaron , worried that all he had worked so hard for could all be dashed and the plans and dreams of his chosen college course would die in that envelope opening moment.
As he walked away towards the school from the car park I crossed everything I could and my eyes were fixated on the path he would take back to Liz and I with the results. Time stood still until he came towards us , head down and sauntering but then the head came up , the smile we had hoped for adorned his face and the swagger of success allowed us to finally take a breath albeit with stuff crossed until we heard from his mouth the exact result.
I am not ashamed to to say it but I did wipe away a few tears , tears of joy.
So that's it , things worked out thankfully and as I know only too well your life is not determined by one exam at the end of 6 years , destiny is set and what will be will be but right now there are two very proud parents of a great young adult who like his sister before him and his siblings following him will always be our pride and joy and make us proud every day.