My wife and I have our first grandchild, a girl born October 4, 2009, to our daughter and her husband, Greta and Senenge (Guni) Andzenge. Awashima was born at 4:21 am Sunday morning, and the video and photo were taken about 20 minutes later.
“Awashima” is Nigerian for “we have faith in each other,” and Marlee was my Mom’s name. Mom died about five years ago from ALS. When Greta and Guni were engaged, Mom told them that she had few regrets about her terminal illness but one regret would be that she would not see their “beautiful brown babies.” I’m sure Mom is smiling down today on her namesake.