Tim Dowling: I can’t get hold of my son. But is that him on TV?

I’m watching a live feed from parliament when a familiar figure crosses the screen A year ago, my wife initiated a series of discussions about preparations for the day when our children finally leave home. These talks mostly stressed the need for me to transform myself into a better person, before my faults became unacceptably glaring when set against the stark backdrop of an empty nest. “The day you need to prepare for,” I would say, “isn’t the day they leave. It’s the day they come back.” Continue reading...