When I returned home from England on 25th May after the birth of my grandson Billy, I left my brother in a state of excited anticipation at the imminent arrival of his first grandson.
As it happened, Matthew arrived the day after I returned home...and much to the delight of my brother it was also his birthday...a double celebration.
Ours is a strange family. For generations we've never been close....only getting together for weddings and funerals. It's not that we don't get on well when we do meet up with relatives, it's just that no-one ever seems to make an effort to stay in touch.
I am very close to my brothers now...although this seems to have happened more in recent years. I have a son and daughter and my brothers each have 2 daughters. We hoped that they might all become closer to each other than previous generations, but unless someone makes an effort to get everyone together...it doesn't happen.
I don't think our family is any different to lots of families these days. People are busy...life is so fast...there never seems to be enough time to stop and say...let's all get together. I know my youngest brother feels the same...and to be fair he seems to be the one in the family who makes more effort to achieve this.
So this weekend he arranged a family gathering, and Billy (on the left) met his second-cousin Matthew. I wish I had been there!
Let's hope that this new generation will become closer than previous ones.