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Woman meets first great-grandson through glass

Posted at 10:33 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 17:24:00-04

In a time where fear is all around us, a special moment can make us all realize how important the little things in life are.

Darlene Phipps shared this photo with us at WMAR-2 News. Her parents are snowbirds who've been in Florida since the beginning of January. With the virus spreading, they wanted to be with family.

They arrived home on Wednesday and were able to see their first great grandson...but only through the glass.

"We knew in our heart and soul that we needed to come back," said Angie Marshall. "We had to be around family. Family is important to us."

While the Marshalls are home in Harford County they won't be mingling with extended family, especially their newborn great-grandson Adam. Angie and Joe, who are not symptomatic, chose to self-isolate for two weeks.

"I'm very upset and nervous," said Angie. "This virus has taken a toll on the whole world, not just our country but the whole world. It's very emotional."

Despite the difficulties Angie and her husband of 59 years found reason to celebrate.

As Darlene said about the moment, this crisis puts things into perspective.

While everyone is remaining cautious and doing their part in avoiding the coronavirus, it's these types of moments that can get you through the stress.

"I would have loved for them to hold him," said Adam's mother, Heather. "But we know it's about safety and we're waiting until after the two weeks pass."

During the time of isolation family members are stopping by to visit, Adam included.

"I can't wait until this is all over," said Angie. "I would love to get my hands on that little guy. I know when I finally do I'm going to squeeze him so hard because I just love him to death."

In a time where fear is all around us, a special moment can make us all realize how important the little things in life are.