O Baby, Baby

Questa notte senza fine! sings the father, weeping

A man would like to keep improving, even in his declining years, and surprise himself with some little feat now and then, such as begetting a daughter, as I did recently, a lovely one with bright eyes and long, delicate fingers. I am a guy who in August entered the 55-to-65 age group, which the New York Times recently referred to as "the near elderly" (thanks a lot), and who in December stood in the delivery room and watched her appear, and who now rises from a sound sleep at her siren call, which comes sooner than one expected and is...

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