13 January 2010

The Girl from Haiti

DURING MY STRANDED weekend in Geneva I spent quite a bit of time standing in lines and waiting in hotel lobbies with my fellow 'trying to get to Nice' passengers. One such passenger was a very nice girl who was a first-year student at the University of Nice. She had won a scholarship to the school and had left her native Haiti to spend three years in Nice studying Neurology. We happened to be at the same breakfast table one morning and we talked about school, education in general, and her desire to get her Ph.D. in the United States (Columbia University). She also told me how excited she was that her parents might visit in the summer -- if they can get the money together for the flight.

Her parents live in Port-au-Prince.

I don't remember this girl's name, but I'm thinking about her and her family right now.

5 comments :

Dianne is for Paris said...

It incredible how people connect us to some many world events. I sure hope her family is OK.

Friendly Possum said...

A quick prayer for everyone in Haiti would be appropriate right now.

Leesa said...

Mon Dieu...

Such a desvestation! I cannot in any way imagine what everyone is going through there.. My hearts and prayers go out to all of them.. I'm just beside my self in sadness...
(My sister-in-law, her kids and my neice, her family and friends are all from Domican R... and I was really worried about all of them, too.. But I saw that the quake was in Port-au-Prince, my fears about them halted... It could very well happen in DR, too.
Again, my prayers and thoughts to them all...

Anonymous said...

The pictures coming out of Haiti are awful. I wish the best for the girl from your flight --- and everyone else.

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