Chris Hebb, 65, of Thetford, Vt., prepares his youngest grandchild for a diaper change. Chris and his wife, Joani Crosson, 62, became grandparents a few years ago when their daughter married a man with two school-aged kids. She and her husband have since had two kids together. All photos by Jennifer Hauck for The Grandparent Effect.
Now, they're teaching their grandkids to sing.
They met at a folk dancing party in Oregon in the early 1970s, when she was 19 and he was 22.
They both had long hair, loved bluegrass, and hated the war.
Soon, Joani Crosson and Chris Hebb knew they’d always be together. They hitched their way to Vermont, where Chris was from, and landed in Thetford, his hometown.
Now, they’re teaching their grandkids to sing.
Chris found work as a plumber. Joani helped start a daycare. Before long, they got married and had two girls.
They taught the girls to sing, play instruments, and grow vegetables. Both girls left Vermont for college, but after graduation they both came back.
Chris and Joani became grandparents a few years ago, when their elder daughter married a man with two school-aged kids. She and her husband have since had two kids together and settled on a farm near Thetford.
These days, Chris, 65, runs a clean energy consultancy and Joani, 62, works at a baking supply store. But they both work less than they used to so they can spend time with and babysit their grandkids.
This chronicle of a morning in the life of the family was shot by award-winning photojournalist Jennifer Hauck.
Jennifer Hauck is the chief photographer at the Valley News of West Lebanon, N.H. She lives in Vermont.