My brother and sister in law live in Glasgow, Scotland.
They have two gorgeous boys Finn and Noah.
We have been meaning to try and get them to write to each other, or something, just to reinforce the knowledge that they were cousins, and …. well, for no other reason.
Last night we set up a Skype chat. Me and my three kids on one chair all trying to peer into the laptop camera.
Jackie, and her two boys – who were jumping on her bed at the same time as chatting to us.
It was such a wonderful experience. You sort of forgot that a few thousand kilometers separated us. My kids were in varying stages of excitement and interest. While Finn was talking, we were watching Noah in the background unpacking his mom’s pyjamas, and then suddenly revealed Jackie’s underwear.
The kids chatted as if they were sitting across the table from one another.
Both sets of kids struggled a bit to always understand the accent of the other. Connor wanted to know why they spoke funny – I tried to explain to him that to them, we speak funny.
We all agreed Georgia spoke the funniest. Georgia speaks with a “I was born in Hollywood” twang, but was originally from Hamstead. No idea where that comes from.
The highlight for me was when Finn asked if Connor knew “gangam style” – to which Connor sheepishly admitted he did. Jackie then found the song on her ipad, played it and then all the kids danced to gangam style.
Connor sat this one out.
All an over feel good experience. And remembering again that Gangam Style is the international dance of friendship. And cousins.
Sometimes it is really nice to have kids.
Thanks Skype, you worked that like a boss!