Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Aussie friend Chris, who works for the U.N., found herself on a short assignment in Haiti just just a few weeks before I'd moved into my trailer in Florida in mid December. Suddenly she was not only not half way around the world, she was just a short flight away. The opportunity to spend Christmas together seemed obvious.
This makes it my third tropical Christmas in a row, after having spent Christmas of 2006 and 2007 in Fremantle, Australia.
I'd never been to Haiti before and found it a land of desparation. Chris works with food distribution in areas of deep poverty and I was able to witness such in levels I'd never seen before, not even in Nepal.
On the brighter side, it is a tropical island, after all, and Chris' smile is perhaps the brightest I've ever seen in my life. We had many good times in Port-au-Prince, and started our own tradition of a pina colada before anything else every evening of the week I was there.
I also joined her co-workers (of every nationality imaginable, including one country in Africa I'd never heard of before) on a cookout on a nearby beach. A bevy of children full of bright smiles swarmed around us half way through the day, focusing on Chris (no fools, they), looking for nothing but our happy energy given back.
Posted by Timothy Ettridge on 30.12.08