will be 18 in 8 weeks and 1 day. He's currently at a mate's 18th birthday party (for any Americans who read this, 18 is the age that you can legally vote and drink alcohol in Australia, so it is an important occasion) - the mate's place is about 45 minutes away - he drove, with 4 friends, and will stay overnight. It's the furtherest he has driven since he got his Ps. You really never stop worrying about your kids.
It will be a poignant time for us, Jake's 18th. When Jake was born, Bruce's brother Ian gave us a bottle of port to drink on Jake's 18th birthday. In the card accompanying the bottle, Ian expresses the hope that he can share a glass with us on that occasion, but if he can't be there, to raise a glass for him. Sadly, Ian died of cancer 15 years ago. Bruce's father Ross died 3 years ago after suffering Alzheimer's for a period of time, and my father passed away from a heart attack 21 years ago, but come the 29th of May 2005, Bruce and I, with Jake, will be raising a glass of port to celebrate 18 years of our son's life, and remembering those wonderful men who shared our lives too briefly.