I was sitting on the couch all by myself as usual and watching TV when my doorbell rang. I got up to see who it was. When I opened the door you couldn’t even imagine my surprise seeing my daughter and my grandson standing in front of the door.

I saw my daughter and my grandson for the first time in months as we were separated due to isolation. Seeing him immediately brought tears of happiness in my eyes as he ran towards me and hugged me.

We spent the night mostly talking about the things they have been doing in the meantime.

My grandson brought his PS4 over as they had planned to stay over for the weekend, so we played a few games together. I wasn’t half as bad as you would expect from an older man.

That night my heart was filled with joy, as for me, there is nothing more important than having your loved ones next to you.

The next morning my son-in-law joined us as well. Since it was our first family reunion after a long time we decided to grill in the backyard. Grilling for the family has always been my passion and they know that well. I grilled my grandson’s favorite dish: grilled potatoes. After lunch, we decided to play football for a while. To my surprise, I wasn’t in good shape. And then it struck me… Am I getting too old for this? But while I was running around and getting all sweaty I had in mind that this is exactly what I want to be doing.

We resumed playing football and my grandson bumped into me. We both fell on the ground getting all dirty. Then, I grabbed my grandson and I started tickling him as he was rolling on the grass. My daughter just said: “Dad, you are such a little boy” and then she turned to my son and said to him: “You better go get a shower”.

My grandson asked if there was hot water. My reply was: “In this house, there is always hot water!” I had recently installed a tankless heater. It heats the water directly and I have unlimited hot water at any time of the day. The only thing I’ve ever needed help with is its maintenance.

This little weekend gathering made me realize how blessed I am to have my family by my side and how much the family can have a huge impact on one’s psychological health. So to all of you out there regardless of age, I advise you to cherish your loved ones and whenever the opportunity arises, spend as much time with them as possible.