Wasn’t little Prince George adorable on his first day of school? The look of vulnerability on the cherub’s face as he bravely walked into school, clinging to Dad’s hand for dear life, was all too familiar. I just wanted to give him a big hug.
I can totally understand why his mum Kate (page 10) is devastated she couldn’t be with him. Pregnant with her third child and bedridden with morning sickness, it’s no wonder she shed a few tears as her firstborn – socks pulled up and shoes all shiny – left for school for the first time. I know all too well about how your heart will ache with love for your child.
It was lovely to meet Jacinda Ardern’s mother this week (page 16). While her daughter fights the campaign of her life, it’s nice to know Laurell dropped everything to fly to Auckland and lend her support. You could tell how much her presence meant to Jacinda.
I had reason to be proud d as punch of my mum Lesley ey this week. My siblings and I flew to Wellington to watch her receive a Queen’s award – a Companion of the Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to science and marine farming. It was great to see her honoured amongst so many incredible Kiwis who have excelled in their fields and served so generously in their communities.
That evening, I was lucky to accompany Mum to the most incredible dinner at Government House, hosted by Governor-General Patsy Reddy. It was a very special evening and one for the memory bank.
Mothers are the most marvellous thing and in a category all of their own.
Have a great week!
Left: Mum receives her honour from G-G Patsy. Above: A proud daughter with Sir David Gascoigne, the G-G and Lesley.