Yes indeed, I will be a grandfather, a little after the half-year mark. I must admit I have been looking forward to at least two things about grandkids.

First, I get to enact my longstanding wish to be addressed as ‘opa’ – in good dutch tradition.

Second, when people ask me in various parts of the world, ‘do you have children’? I can now reply, ‘yes, and grandchildren!’

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