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Greatest Boy Ever

On July 19, Peter Rangos Trendl
first breathed the magnificent air of Earth.

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My son. My first. The greatest kid ever.

Born at 10:51 pm, he was 5 lbs, 6.2 oz., and 19 inches tall.

His mom, Aliz, my wife, is as delighted as I am to finally see his face and smile after these many months wondering.

His first name refers to both his paternal grandfather and to Peter in the New Testament. (see links on right)

Peter, as some of you know, had a passionate commitment towards his Lord, Jesus Christ. Though Peter was not perfect, Jesus expected much of him. So we shall rear him, teaching him the love Jesus has for him, and to love others as God first loved him.

His name also reflects his Hungarian heritage, spelled Péter there, and is pronounced 'PAter' with a slight trill on the 'r'. His middle name is Aliz's maiden name and, in Hungarian, means 'prestigious'. Before God, his rank is high.

His Hungarian name day (névnap) is June 29. (kind of a big deal: more about name days at Wikipedia's article)

Throughout her pregnancy, one song was on her lips more than any other, one she sang to Peti (a Hungarian nickname), as she calls him, before he was born!

It was a long, but relatively uncomplicated labor.

A precocious boy from the start, Peter speaks 10 languages, including jive and American Sign Language, can make 30 foot jumpshots at will, is a grandmaster chess player, plays a violin with right and left hands, and, if I do say so myself -- he is the most beautiful kid ever.

 We Have Read to Peter
  1. John 3:16, New American Standard Version
  2. Child's Garden of Verses" by Robert Louis Stevenson (several poems)
  3. "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
  4. "Pecos Bill Rides a Tornado" by traditional
  5. "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey
  6. "Amazing Grace" lyrics
  7. "Hard Times" by Charles Dickens (several paragraphs)
  8. "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss
  9. "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley (three pages)
  10. "Rapunzel" by the Brothers Grimm (2/3)
  11. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum (chapter 1)
  12. "The Stranger" by Albert Camus (first few pages)
  13. "Bluster County Blues: Leroy the Butterfly: Interview With a Gadfly" by me
  14. Psalm 39:1-9
  15. "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss
  16. "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll
  17. "When We Were Very Young" by A.A. Milne (several poems)
  18. "Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka (first couple pages)
  19. "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear
  20. "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter
  21. Psalm 23
  22. "How Great Thou Art" lyrics
  23. "The Charge of Light Brigade" by Lord Tennyson
  24. "Sonnet 18" by William Shakespeare
  25. Mother Goose rhymes, (several)
  26. "Pied Beauty" and "God's Grandeur" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  27. John 3:1-21
  28. "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne - chapter III, A Priceless Pearl (two pages)
  29. "Insects" by Herbert Zim (page about cabbage butterflies)
  30. "How Many Times" and "The Times They Are A Changin" by Bob Dylan
  31. "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin (two pages)
  32. "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen (two pages)
  33. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. First two pages.
  34. "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
  35. "Winnie-the-Pooh" by A. A. Milne. "In Which Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water" (two pages)
  36. "A Cradle Song" and "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats
We plan to read to Peter every day of his life. Even though he will not understand things now, we hope he will hear our voices, great words put in a beautiful order, and learn language, cadence and beauty. He will hear some of the greatest literature English and Hungarian has to offer, as well as children's classics (some of which are incredible classics themselves). What do you suggest we read?

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