Statistics released by our government yesterday reveal the so-called experts who predicted we’d wee a big surge in new births because of the pandemic were as wrong as they could be. In fact, numbers released by the u.S. Census Bureau Tuesday showed the number of new births in the country between July of 2,020 and the same month this year Increased by just one tenth of one percent. That’s the smallest increase since they started keeping track of new birth numbers in America more than 200 years ago. There may be a number of reasons for the record small increase. Perhaps would-be parents were reluctant to bring children in to a world as challenging as this one has become. Perhaps it was because of the impact that a stagnant economy and inflation are having on family budgets. For whatever the reason, building bigger families wasn’t apparently at the top of the to-do list for most Americans stuck in their homes during the early stages of the pandemic we’re still living through. That’s the way I see it.