It was a short encounter. It served its purpose. Sam and I got to say hi. I saw the faces of two little ones who grow and change so fast it is hard to keep up.
How lucky we are to live in times when we can communicate so easily. When my ancestors came over from Switzerland over 200 years ago, and when later generations moved west state by state, they left with some certainty that they would never again see the faces of those they left behind. They could write letters, of course. I think about that, and what we are losing by not leaving the written record that letters provide. It is simply a reality that things change and we leave some things behind even as we gain opportunities thorugh the use of new technologies.
A friend mentioned that his niece can communicate with her family from France at no cost! It's real time with facial expressions and all. It's a way to maintain and grow relationships with little ones who are years away from letter-writing. I love seeing those little faces!