Opinion

On April 2, 2009 at 3:12 p.m. another Greenberg entered the world!

Jennifer and Gregg (my son and co-author of this column) became the proud parents of Alexander Celio Greenberg. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces. He was born at the Greenberg Pavilion (how fitting) of the New York Hospital in Manhattan. Mother and baby are doing well.

Alexander enters a world that is brimming with financial and world anxieties. He will not be concerned about this problem for many years to come. His big brother, Lewis Arthur (3), welcomed him into the household and is still a bit confused at all the "goings on." Soon he will have to share the stage, but he can handle it.

I heard a story about a baby nurse, who was about to leave the house after helping the mother and the firstborn sibling for two weeks. As she left the elder sibling said to the nurse, "Aren't you going to take your baby with you?" He thought that as the nurse arrived at the same time as the baby, it must be hers.

There is one theory in the scientific world that your birth position in a family determines your future personality and your position in life. This, I hope, is a complete generalization and we all start out equally.

Of course there are multifactors that affect the development and personality, other than what position you were born in the family.

What lies ahead for little Alex as he sits cooing and gurgling in his crib?

The happenings he will have to deal with as he grows older are quite formidable. In eight days, he faces a bris (circumcision). In three years, it will be preschool. In five years, kindergarten is on his schedule. Next comes Junior High School with algebra and geometry. At 13 comes his bar mitzvah. Study, study, the SATs are out there waiting for him. College acceptance is a happy and sometimes sad occurrence. Marriage and a family are way down the road.

Alexander, you have it easy now!

The world of the future awaits you.

I am sure that you will be a boon to humanity and mankind because of the upbringing that Jennifer and Gregg will afford you.

Your grandparents are already proud of you!


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