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.
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.
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.
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.