Saying goodbye to 20 years of family life

It was coming across some long-forgotten items from my children’s lives while clearing out the loft that made me pause. Hundreds of school exercise books full of excitable stories, written before inhibition set in; countless childish drawings, kept as early signs of artistic genius; vast boxes of Lego, a vintage Star Wars set and numerous once-prized action figures, including the bizarrely named Biker Mice from Mars.