17th June 2020

Darling Paloma,
Many of the shops have reopened. And whom am I to argue with the decision? I have as little idea of what is going as anyone else. The continual mis-messaging has grown. It is all a bit exhausting. Wear masks? Don’t wear masks? Outside is safer than inside?
Even Dr Michael Osterholm, one of the top American infectious disease epidemiologist and someone who has continually been ahead of the curve seemed a little befuddled yesterday. ‘We don’t know exactly what is happening,’ he said of the increase and decrease in individual states,’ this is one of those moments of humility as humans. We are just not sure what the virus is doing…’
When I drove across Oxford street yesterday, I was amazed to see how many people were lined outside the Nike store. There must have been 500 faces stacked together so close they could probably hear the different key of each other’s breath. The site of the crowd moving forward was disturbing. Whatever anyone says, there remains a nervousness out there. It feels as if we are on a steep climb up a mountain. I was once told a way to deal with uncertainty. At the time, it didn’t mean much, but during these days, I am beginning to understand. ‘A photographer on an expedition to climb some of the highest mountains in the world. He found that not being a full-time mountaineer – and therefore not be used to thin air, thick snow, perpendicular rock and all that – the only way for him to survive was to scream an oath each time he took a step forward. That’s how he dealt with the danger.’
We have your final scan set for tomorrow afternoon at four o’clock. I will report back with any news but as I have written before, let’s hope there is nothing new to add and that your due date is firmly set.
Te Quiero mucho,
Papa

Published by Simon Astaire

Simon Astaire was the youngest agent ever employed at ICM starting the Music department and representing a variety of clients before turning to head a PR agency where his clients included brands such as Bulgari, Armani and celebrities and members of the Royal Family. He is regularly quoted in the press and has been described in The London Times as a PR Prince. He had a regular column in the Sunday Telegraph called Station to Station where he interviewed a diverse mixture of high-profile individuals on their imaginary last train journey. He has written six novels and two biographies including soccer star Sol Campbell when he was nominated for best new sports writer. His latest novel The Last Photograph, was made into a film of the same name. It had a US theatrical release in November 2019 and is now available on all platforms. His blog ' Letters to my daughter' began March 19th 2020.

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