In the midst of death and destruction comes new life. I’m pleased to announce the arrival of my daughter, Claire Marie Annedore Klint.
We live in a cruel world, particularly in this era of COVID-19. There is tremendous uncertainty, doubt, and pain over the future, for me in particular. My primary business has been hit very hard over the last year and the pandemic has only made it worse.
Financially, it is a terrible time for a child. The betrayal of employees, vendors, and customers has left me jaded and bitter.
But Heidi and I made the deliberate, prayerful decision last autumn that it was time for a second child. We wanted a sibling for Augustine and we opted to stop letting fear control our decision-making processes.
I had forgotten what it was like to hold a newborn. Oh what a joy it was to hear those first cries as she left the womb. My precious wife was such a trooper, squeezing out the baby without even the help of an epidural. She doesn’t like hospitals and so Claire Marie, like Augustine, was born in a birth center. Six hours later, she was home and right back to her studies. I am so proud of her and thankful she is the mother of my children. I’ve had to literally force her to limit her work and allow her body time to heal.
The plan was that my mother-in-law and sister-in-law would join us from Europe and help in these early, sleepless days. That’s impossible with U.S. borders closed. They will have to wait to meet Claire Marie. Even my parents, who also live in Los Angeles, will need to wait. After a friend of ours experienced a near-death scare with her newborn contracting a virus (not the virus), we are limiting all social interactions.
And yet I cannot help but to look ahead. My dear little girl, I cannot wait to show you the world. I cannot wait to take you to Germany, where you can meet your grandparents and see where Mama grew up. I cannot wait to show you the Taj Mahal, pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu, and the night markets of Hong Kong.
I’m incredibly grateful to welcome a new “coronavirus baby” into this world. Life will not be easy, but is worth the struggle.
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