Behind us are the days of saving pocket money for Doctor Who trading cards, instead this young man has been saving up for a suit, his first.
This has been such a wonderful rite of passage for us all, with Grandad taking L into town to be measured up, giving advice and insisting on putting " something towards it " Grandad's smile was huge when L, who is a big Beatles fan, chose a suit very similar to the ones Grandad wore in his younger days, how the wheel turns.
We all delighted, when L tried it on, to show us at home and tears were quickly wiped away as I realised again, how much he has grown, in so many different ways.
Last night the suit had it's first outing, a Burn's Night Supper with disco at L's school.
He looked so very handsome, so very grown up.
I proudly drove him to school and watched as he walked away, so very confident, so very mature.
And then I spotted the girls arriving, in little black dresses and heels, giggling, happy, looking forward to their evening.
Time for this Mama to go.