There was I, standing in the playground before school, enjoying the warmth of the sun on my face.

There was Bear, ringleader of a gaggle of girls, all chattering happily, moving together through the crowd of Mums.

My half-asleep attention wandered to Boy, off on his residential activity week today. I smiled as I watched him manfully stride up the playground wheeling his suitcase behind him – and was surprised when a Mum I don’t know rapidly approached me.

Clutching my arm, she grinned

“Um… did you know that your daughter has no knickers on?”

I turned my head in slow motion, just in time to see my girl flipping proud handstands.

In her summer dress.

Baring her all to the world.