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A virtual trip to the playground

Connecting Newburyport to Switzerland via online video chat.

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One Sunday I was in Newburyport having an online video chat with my son, his wife, and their two young sons, who live in Switzerland. After catching up with one another’s news, my son announced that it was a beautiful day in Switzerland and they should go to the playground. My 5-year-old grandson told me they were going to his favorite playground, the one with the high, long slide, and he eagerly asked whether I wanted to go with them. I said, “Sure! I’d like to come along.” He turned to his father and said excitedly: “Dad, bring the phone! Gramma’s coming with us!”

Amantha Stacy Moore / Newburyport

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