Depending on whom you ask, the symmetry of today's date—Dec. 12, 2012, or 12-12-12—could be a good or bad omen. Mays Chapel resident Gene Miles heard that in some cultures, the number 12 was associated with prosperity, which is much better than the impending doomsday theories he's heard as the end of Mayan calendar approaches.
But to Miles and his wife, Ashley, the following numbers are much more important than any amount of 12s: at 5:01 a.m. Wednesday, 8-pound, 14-ounce Eugene Pierson Miles was born at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.
Of course, the baby's birthday isn't lost on the Miles family, who has alternated all day between media interviews and the more traditional congratulatory calls from family and friends.
Baby Pierce was due on Monday, Dec. 10, but when the couple heard that date, they noted how close it was to 12-12.
Since Pierce was born, talk has inevitably shifted towards the number 12's significance in his life. Gene Miles suggested that he may need a Jacoby Jones jersey in honor of the Ravens' dynamic receiver and kick returner who dons the
However, provincial loyalties will prevent him from embracing some other well-known athletes who wear number 12.
"Not a Tom Brady jersey, that's for sure," he said. "That won't fly."
It will be Pierce's 100 birthday before the calendar reads 12-12-12 again, but for all those birthdays in between, Gene Miles said his son will benefit always benefit from the day's symmetry.
"At a minimum, people will remember his birthday," he said. "It's a hard one to forget. On his 12th birthday, we'll have to do something particularly special."
But despite all the attention, Gene, who works for Exelon Corporation, and Ashley, a real estate appraiser with Integra Realty Resources in Hunt Valley, are enjoying today with their new baby boy.
"Today's a very exciting day," he said. "We're just happy to have a health baby. We're definitely having fun with it."