Disclaimer: This is not about the New Kids on the Block.
Congratulations are in order for Dan (author of Cross Thoughts) and his wife, who had their first child.
Congratulations are also in order for my long time friend Gary, who had welcomed his second child last week.
I've blogged before about kids, sometimes a little critically and sometimes reflectively. My stance on kids for my personal life has not changed one iota... they are about as far off my radar as they could possibly be.
But it is very cool to hear about the new lives coming into the world, and the hope they represent. During the last couple months of 2005, a few of my friends suffered personal losses, many of them losing a parent or another close family member.
So it is nice, at the beginning of 2006, to celebrate birth.