I never could have anticipated this day: watching Cassie, in Antwerp, staring at a computer screen and watching live video streaming of her brother, Paul, back home in Las Vegas, changing his baby’s messy diaper and performing the necessary wipes that go with it before putting on a clean one.
This is remarkable on several levels, not the least being the technology of Skype and its various competitors in allowing us to not just talk for free on the Internet but to video-chat, too. It helps connect families separated by oceans.
But more than the blessing of technology is the joy of grand parenting — of watching our children become parents of their own.
Paul is five years ahead of Cassie and was the ever-so-patient big brother when they grew up in Escondido, California. They played beautifully together. And so here we are today, Paul and his wife, Sarah, the parents of the beautiful three-month-old Kieran, and our daughter and her Kurt now with their own baby, who is due any day.
And, just like back in Escondido, Paul is showing Cassie how to master something new. The beaming smile on Cassie’s face yesterday said either she was impressed how well Paul could change a cloth diaper, or (more likely, I think) she was elated by how Paul has become such a wonderful father in his own right. The big brother who played My Little Pony and Legos with little Cassie is back in her life as they each experience, almost at exactly the same time, the joyful adventure of raising their own babies.
How blessed Jeanne and I are to witness this.