They knew it was coming,
but grief is different off the spreadsheet,
may be more easily herded by surprise.
He had never been good in the house
had to learn –
and one day a frantic call to grandma,
nine-year-old needs regulation white knickers under skirt –
sometimes …… only just …..
but he did.
The youngest graduated university to solid career,
his job is done. His time up,
he has missed her so long, just wanted to be together again.
No one judged.