Jewamongyou is a grandfather!

As of yesterday, I am a grandfather.  The birth of my first grandchild was not under the best of circumstances but, by golly, he is my grandson so… so now I feel really old.  Not “sad old” but “happy old”.
Born with Spina Bifida, my infant grandson is starting life with a head start in the “challenges” department.  Some of the things most of us take for granted will be fraught with struggle for him.  He might not be able to walk without braces.  He will suffer from severe allergies.  His sexual functions will almost certainly be limited.  Yet he will certainly find things in life that will bring him joy and laughter.  At the very least, he will serve as a reminder for the rest of us that we should not take our many blessings for granted and that we should cherish the simple pleasures in life.
For all our flaws, my grandson was born into a close-knit family where we care about each other and help each other.  I hope that his disability will serve to bring us even closer and strengthen the love that binds us together.   When I think of all the people who do not enjoy strong family ties, I feel worse for them than I do for my grandson.
I wonder what kind of world he will grow up in and I hope that somehow, in its own little way, this blog will do its part in making it a better world.
For some bizarre reason, my daughter chose to name him Aiden.  I hope I spelled it right.
Not to worry; I have no plans to post baby pictures on this blog!

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21 Responses to Jewamongyou is a grandfather!

  1. fred says:

    Congratulations. I hope everything works out.

  2. avideck says:

    Mazel Tov! may he bring your family much nachas and grow to be a schener yid.

  3. Ryan says:

    Yes congratulations Jewamongyou! Having a close knit family would definitely help with a child that will be facing a challenge. Good luck and I wish you many happy times ahead.

  4. countenance says:

    The son of your daughter? This means that as of yesterday, there is one new Jew among us 🙂

  5. Bay Area Guy says:

    Hey, congrats!
    You must be one of the youngest grandfathers out there.

  6. Ian says:

    Congratulations! Wishing him health.

  7. jewamongyou says:

    re: Confused. There is no genetic rational to the Jewish mother rule. My understanding is that the mother is usually more active in raising her children than the father. Furthermore, in Roman times, it would sometimes happen that Jewish women were taken captive and ended up with non-Jewish husbands. This was not their fault and so the rabbis wanted them to have the satisfaction of knowing that the children they were raising were Jewish. On the other hand, Jewish men who chose to marry non-Jewish women did not deserve any such consideration; they made a bad choice and so their children were considered non-Jews.
    I never gave much credence to the idea that the Jewish mother rule dates back to Biblical times. It seems more likely that it was a reaction to the conditions of the Roman exile.

    • Confused says:

      Thank you for the explanation. I still find certain aspects about Jewishness rather fascinating. For instance, the idea that the faith is inherited, or passed on, from mother to child and not from father to child. From my perspective, it does seem awfully weird that if genetics don’t play a role, it would be such an important distinction. However, if genetics do play a role, such as being apart of the tribe of Israel and therefore choosing a mate from the same tribe, it suddenly does make more sense. I hope I am getting my point across?
      Interesting point about the Roman vs Biblical times. Never really thought about it in those terms. That being said, that happened some 2000 years ago, so it would seem to me that it would be a bit discriminatory to Jewish men, to hold it against their children but not against the mothers. Especially in today’s world with both Jewish mothers and fathers being able to chose their spouses.
      Anyway, as my name suggests, I am rather confused when it comes to all things Jewish. Therefore, please don’t take any offense if my comments came off a little crude.

      • countenance says:

        I always knew that the matrilinealism in Judaism was a matter of “mama’s baby papa’s maybe,” and had a practical explanation. Then again, a lot of things about religious tradition have their roots in the practical — For instance, the reason why The Catholic Church enacted a celibacy policy for the priesthood is b/c European royalty forced it upon them, because at one point, the Priesthood’s wealth thanks to donated land was rivaling that of Royal houses. (Obviously, the land was donated because people thought they had to do good works.) So the Royals demanded that Priests not have families so as not to create an alternate royalty.

      • jewamongyou says:

        You’re in good company; many Jews are confused as well. Also, honest questions are never a source of offense to me. You should be aware that many people (Jews and non-Jews alike) would disagree with many of the answers I give. Though I have my opinions, not by a long shot do I consider myself the authority on all things Jewish.

  8. Charles says:

    Mazel Tov and congratulations JAY!

  9. cruft says:

    the value of anything, as also in anyone, is directly proportional to cost/effort expended. so the love of this child by his family will be a moon shot. leamonade indeed. congrats!

  10. Valkea says:

    Congratulations, grandfather.

  11. jewamongyou says:

    Thanks again everyone!

  12. Portland Realist says:

    I wanted to give a formal, internet congrats! So there goes!

  13. Russ says:

    I know this is late but congratulations. I hope the baby is doing great.
    The blog has it’s good moments.

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