Ring Lardner (1885-1933) was born in Niles, Michigan and was a sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune and the South Bend Times. He is considered by many to be among the greatest American authors of the early twentieth century.
Ring Lardner is a typical parent when his first child is born, full of wonder and the rest of the usual emotions as he watches his little son grow. He wrote a series of 29 short poems on various facets of parenthood. (Summary by Jack Thro)