I was invited with my mum to a huge event, the gala dinner for the 40th anniversary of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital and celebrating 55 years of the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa. What an event and what a night, we were among dignitaries and singing stars and of course Catherine Hamlin. What a night! What a tribute to a couple (Catherine and Reg)! What an inspiration!
Then a few days later Catherine Hamlin drove out to see me and the aunties at Shamida, there was happiness all around. The aunties were so excited, there was coffee ceremonies, some good old fashion soup for lunch and some great cheese and crackers (all the way from Dubai). Catherine was delighted, Harriet (an amazing friend of mine from the Hamlin Fistula Hospital) was thrilled, and then we had Joni Kabana, an amazing photographer who took some amazing photos join us too…there was definitely happiness all around. Joni’s pictures to come soon 🙂
And of course, the hair, the hair that was not there a short year ago and has since been cut twice and dyed more times than I care to count (due to the encroaching greys) was again dyed for the big events…what a week, what a life I get to live, what amazing people I have around me to encourage, support and advise (which I am forever grateful)…most importantly, my friend, my inspiration and my fellow Aussie, Catherine, who understands the importance of drinking tea from a fine bone china, thin lipped tea cup, to you I am forever grateful and full of happiness that we met and get to have these moments together.
So as I sit here thinking of the last week with great happiness, hair dyed and Hamlin moments, the kettle is boiling and I am going to get some of that left over cheese and crackers and take 20 minutes to myself and be grateful.