Give your sons and daughters an extra hug when you can
The unspeakable tragedy that took the lives of five Irish J1 students and an Irish-American student in California this week put the fear of God into the hearts of thousands of parents around the country.
Massive relief swept through many homes on Tuesday as young people made contact with parents by text, email and social media to say they were OK and were either not caught up in the Berkeley balcony collapse tragedy, or that they had survived.
But with the relief came the realisation that we are all only one step away from unexpected and devastating loss. We never know what is around the corner, or the day when that knock we all dread will come to the door.