When my first cousin once removed gave birth three months prematurely and started posting photos of her tiny daughter on a regular basis, she had a follower. There's something to be said for social media. The baby isn't allowed visitors other than her immediate family, and she lives too far away anyway. I could sit for long bouts, however, from the comfort of my home, just staring at her gorgeous face on my computer. At six weeks she is almost double her birth weight and filling out beautifully.
Over the weekend, the baby's mother posted a photo and when I viewed it, I saw generations of family. While the baby has her father's eyes, I kept checking to make sure I saw it right. She definitely reminds me of her granduncle, and thus, her maternal grandmother, since that uncle looks just like his dear departed mother. When the baby's grandaunt, my first cousin, posted the comment, "Beautiful little mouth," it was my chance to jump in with, "Wonder who you see there (Norman)-Is it just me? After she replied, "my mother," I knew she saw it too.
The baby's own mother responded with the posting of a picture of herself at a young age and the comment, "I see her too." She sees herself and her baby in the pictures of a grandmother who was gone before she was born. There are generations of family lines in a person's face, which give rise to the wonderment of the generations before and the generations to come. Before long the comments will be about the baby's personality and the family resemblances there. Actual or not, it's always fun to ponder about family.