My husband is good at initiating Skype sessions with our daughter, son-in-law, and one-year old grandson Jonah. Probably because Michael misses Jonah like a spring breeze. Jonah, being a modern baby, is familiar with engaging with grandma and grandpa through a laptop screen and only occasionally turns us off.
So, they just moved into a new apartment and we got the laptop-circling –the-rooms- tour. We saw Jonah’s hidey-holes; behind a pillar (where he likes to bang on the glass window on the 15th floor- yikes) and under an end table. We got to see his laughing face zooming in close to ours, new teeth showing. He had just eaten the biggest lunch ever- six eggs himself- and we saw him lounging back on the sofa pillows, belly replete, like a middle aged man. We got to see him slide down, pull books off a shelf, patter around in his stripey socks, show us his toys. He brought a book to the screen and it killed me to not be able to sit him on my lap right then and read it!
When we went to say goodbye he mistook it for a trip with Mommy to the laundry room. So the next thing we see is him lugging a laundry bag to the front door, ready to go. His parents hauled him back to the screen for goodbye waves and kisses which he hasn’t mastered yet. We’ll keep practicing.
But hello hugs in person are more my thing!