Becoming a grandmother - in Japan

 Day 1 with dad

Day 1 with dad

So here I am in Osaka, Japan - a side trip from our busy schedule of being on holiday. I'm here because my fabulous son Ben and his lovely former partner Saho have just had a baby. 

 And he changes nappies!

And he changes nappies!

They've called him Zen, and at two weeks old he's living up to his name - as relaxed and gorgeous a little fella as any grandmother could want. Eating well, sleeping well, cheerful in between, and only mildly indignant when adequate sustenance isn't available Right Now. I couldn't be prouder of him and am so happy to be here, if only for a couple of weeks. 

 Not asleep, of course, just resting my eyes

Not asleep, of course, just resting my eyes

But perhaps even more so, I'm tremendously proud of Ben and Saho, who are wonderful parents, coming together in what could be a very difficult situation, to make it work for the happiness of their son. They are so young, and yet I see a maturity in both of them, as they work out how Ben can play a meaningful role in Zen's life, despite the difficulties and geographical distance. 

 Today, Sept 4

Today, Sept 4

I wish them strength and courage, patience and tolerance, the ability to forgive and the skill to overcome tough times. But most of all I wish them the joy with Zen that I've had with my own children. Love yous. Go well.

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