Introducing Peynina Athena Krontiris-Sengeh
In early June, our family expanded to include the formidable Peynina Athena Krontiris-Sengeh (aka Pax, Paxie, Paxie from the Backseat).
Born after a one year old’s birthday party, her older sister’s summer camp orientation, and a few short hours of early morning labor; Pax blazed a trail into this world that combined speed, effectiveness, little damage, and an outpouring of new reserves of love from both parents (and sister!).
Her arrival with the first demonstration of the power of her name. Peynina means “New Pathway” in Mende, meant to mark a particularly significant moment in our family’s history in Sierra Leone and a desire for her that she always chart her own way of life – even if she finds herself alone in the conviction that that path is right for her.
Peynina and her sister Nyaanina both have Greek names representing wisdom: Athena and Sophia. One is a goddess of wisdom, warfare, justice and law; the other a definition of wisdom. We hope for them that they blend both boldness and fairness in their dealings with the world. Foolishness will only be accepted under the age of 5.
Our lives have been moving at such a breakneck speed recently that this moment has proved to be a welcome respite: a chance to pause and delight in the wonder of this dear family we have created.