My first-borns are big now. Last September witnessed them entering secondary school just after celebrating their 12th birthday. Their new school is 2.3 miles (approximately 5 kilometres) away from home. They have agreed to cycle to school everyday using the spanking new bikes a friend presented.
Now that the days are getting shorter and colder, I have to ensure that they are well-dressed and equipped so that their cycle is bearable, if not pleasant. Another boy living closeby, who used to take the public bus, has even asked whether he could join them everyday. With this boy, they have discovered a short-cut and also the delights of Ye Olde Traditional Sweet Shop (now THIS I've got to keep my eye on!).
Some days, I feel a tightening sensation in my chest as I send them off at the door with prayers and kisses. My boys are big now... May Allah guide and protect both of you (and the other two) always!