Something very special happened yesterday, I became a grandfather for the first time. I didn't really expect the depth of emotion that came with knowing that the baton passes again and that new life carries on the unbroken chain that reached back to that man who stood on the shores of Lake Tanganyika 60,000 years ago. He whose descendants spread around the world with the sons of his sons passing on that YDNA right down to young Parker Alexander Joyce yesterday.
I was unprepared for the overwhelming feeling of love as I held my Grandson for the first time and realised that for me another entirely new chapter in life is beginning.
Welcome young man. You don't know it yet but you have many people who love you and will look after you. Your journey through life will be full of ups and downs but we'll do our best to make sure the ups are great and the downs don't last too long. I don't pretend to be wise but my knowledge is yours to ask for. I look forward to reading to you, to telling bad jokes, to the laughter and the tears. I will be there for your first basketball game and football match, should you choose to play, I'll give whatever support a grandfather can in whatever way I can.
I joked yesterday with your Dad about your name and the connection to Peter Parker who was burdened with the wisdom from his uncle that "with great power comes great responsibility" but I realise now that it is my great responsibility to love and support you. Not alone, but with all of those other people who will share your life and watch as you grow.
I hope I am around one day when you too become a father just like I was for your Dad.