My son's family arriving in Denver airport from 2 weeks in China.
They left for China as a family of three and returned with a second daughter, so we now have six grandchildren--three girls and three boys. The only problem is that three of them are in Wisconsin, too far away to see often.
Surprisingly, the two girls traveled well during the long flight from Hong Kong to Denver. We are now waiting for them to get back in Denver's time zone so we can get to know the new family member much better. We'll see them all on Thanksgiving as we show our gratitude for another healthy child.
Even as I am thrilled to have these two girls in my life, I am saddened by the situation in China which results in thousands of young girls being "lost" or deposited at night on the steps of an orphanage. Even though China has relaxed the one-child rule to allow couples to "try again" for a boy, it is the second and third daughters that seem to disappear. In the rural areas, parents depend on their son and his wife to care for them in their old age, so the problem is more cultural than it is a devaluing of females. After so many years of this custom the gender balance is now so lopsided that many young men must travel to other countries to find wives.