And so with heavy heart, like a five-year old waving goodbye to mummy at the school gate, we prepare to bid farewell to the 2008 Olympics.
Today there are 12 gold medals to be won and there is pride to be played for in numerous minor position play-offs, but the main focus will be on the closing ceremony which starts at around 1300 BST.
Given the opening ceremony, we can expect Beijing to provide us with a stunning farewell, while London will whet the world's appetite with an eight-minute film looking ahead to 2012. Will London be able to match Beijing - maybe that's one to debate on 606 tonight, though no essays on China's suitability as a host of an international event please, this isn't a politics board.
And anyway grand finales are all well and good, but what about the sport we hear you ask.
Well, handball, volleyball, water polo, rhythmic gymnastics all get a share of the limelight today but, to be honest, it feels a bit like the last few minutes of Christmas Day.
You stay up til gone midnight not because you particularly want to watch a repeat of the French and Saunders 1994 Christmas Special but because, hey, it's Christmas and it's a long wait to the next one.
You have to extract every last bit of satisfaction and that is why you will stay tuned to find out whether it's Denmark or Korea who claim seventh place in men's handball.
As for British medal hopes, well, if you're reading this after about 3am you are too late (assuming Dan Robinson doesn't walk the course). Robinson goes in the men's marathon, but is unlikely to challenge for a medal, finishing in the top 10 being a more realistic target.
As an interesting aside, Robinson's wife Jessica is heavily pregnant. Child birth and running a marathon in stifling Beijing humidity probably rank fairly even on the list of uncomfortable experiences.
As for other highlights:
Ireland's Kenny Egan will fight Xiaoping Zhang in the men's light-heavyweight final. However, the BBC's Jim Neilly believes Egan might suffer at the judge's hands, saying: "I think the Chinese fighter will get a point for touching gloves at the start of the fight." ( news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/oly...
Is this a fair reflection on the overall standard of judging at the Games? Give us your thoughts.
Hungary play the US in the men's final, but it's the bronze medal match that has caught our eye. Serbia v Montenegro. Ollie will be all over this one on the live text and he even has a fascinating fact or two to throw in. You can't possibly go to sleep with that kind of build up.
No - that appears to be pretty much that for real highlights. So, it's probably as good a time as ever to ask what your high and lowlights of the Games have been? And try to be original - we all know that Usain bolt put in a decent shift!
Thanks for your contributions. Let's sit back and enjoy the last day of the Olympics and wish our lives away by looking forward to four years' time.
Here's the science bit:
Medals to be won: