By Terrance Turner
He regularly reports sobering and sometimes startling stories on the evening broadcasts. But last night, author and journalist Anderson Cooper concluded a CNN coronavirus town hall with some shocking news.
“It’s been a difficult time in all our lives,” he began. “There are certainly many hard days ahead. It is, I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy, and moments of happiness. Even as we mourn the loss of loved ones, we’re also blessed with new life — and new love. So I just wanted to take a moment to share with you some joyful news of my own. On Monday, I became a father. I’ve never actually said that before, and it still kind of astonishes me.”
As millions of viewers — no doubt astonished themselves — listened, Cooper went on. “I am a dad. I have a son, and I want you to meet him.”
This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my dad, who died when I was ten years old. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son’s middle name is Morgan. It’s a family name on my mom’s side. I know my mom and dad liked the name Morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 pounds at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy, and I am beyond happy.
“As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.
Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who can’t have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives.
I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.”