A New Generation

There are four of us Munsell siblings. We’re all very close in age, so there has been an ongoing conversation between friends and family of which Munsell kid will be the first to have a baby. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there are some serious wagers on it.
Two months ago, my sister Hilary called me on Facetime. I picked up, and she greets me, “Hi Uncle Mike.” Baffled, I paused and then told her I didn’t know what to say — she wittily retorted, “Try.. Congratulations”. She was having a baby. Anyone who put their money on the second youngest, or the only girl, just took the prize.
Hilary went in for an ultrasound yesterday, and got more than just a few snapshots of the baby inside. She learned that she will be giving birth to a baby boy. She’ll be a mother to a son. Our parents will have a grandson. I’ll have a nephew.
It’s real now, and I finally know what to say. A new generation of our family is just beginning, and I couldn’t be more proud or excited. Congratulations Hil!