She runs out onto the front patio each morning as each boy goes off to school. We have a routine now - sons consecutively go down the stairs (where she can't go) round the side and put hands through rail for one last final pat. Then they are teaching her how to do the Maori nose-rub without licking their faces.
As they go off down the driveway, she plonks herself down on the cement, and lays her head near the rails.
Probably can't see it from the photo, but the darned look in her eyes is heartbreaking! She gets sooooooo sooky as the bus drives off I swear one of these days I'm going to see tear stains.