i just took my daughter back to university after her 1 month christmas break and I hate it! she is in her 2nd year and after each holiday I hate it just as badly when she goes back! it as if our family is a circle and when she has gone there is a big chunk missing and the circle is incomplete. I want her to be independent etc etc but I find it so hard and I miss her so much! I feel a bit pathetic but I keep thinking..........how will it be in 18mths when the other one goes as well? Crikey - how many chickens will I need then to fill the space?