Ogden Nash

(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

First Child ... Second Child


FIRST

Be it a girl, or one of the boys,
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  • Rookie Minna Holloway (11/20/2009 6:55:00 AM)

    What Mr. Nash was unable to consider when writing this poem is the utter horror the medical profession strikes into women having a second (or first, or any) child after the age of 35. That's the magic number at which everything that worked quite well before supposedly mutates into genetic disorders waiting to occur. I have more worry about my second child coming out OK because I'm 36 now and will be 37 when I give birth to him/her, whereas I had my first at age 33. But it's still a funny poem, and I hope I'm somewhere near as laid-back as the family in this poem was when they welcomed their second. (Report) Reply

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