Woke up I guess before 4 am because the lights were still on to the shouting of ‘tiré‘ at least 6 times and a skirmish ensued. No one besides me was aware of this incident in the house. I got my purse with my passport ready to run. Then suddenly everything went quiet. After a while I guess I fell asleep and woke up at 6:45 to the smell of coffee. I ran took a quick shower. Today Eddy had several things scheduled; we decided that I would stay in the house to have a quiet day.
Therese and I reminisced about the time we worked in building the community organization, women’s group, our travels to Haiti and her role as ministre de la condition feminine as well as her continued activities on women’s issues. She believes and I do too what Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Educating women on their rights and responsibility in the family and society whatever their social status is an issue she has always taken to heart.
I have known Therese since we met at European American Bank where we both were employed in the 70’s. Besides being in HAUP (Haitian Americans United For Progress) – a grassroot community organization which I cofounded with a group of committed and dedicated individuals in 1975- together we also collaborated on a radio program for two years: Fanm d’Ayiti. I appreciate her determination, discipline, and love for Haiti. Even if we would disagree on some minor issues, there is a mutual respect and understanding between us. Along with Therese, I am really honored and grateful to be associated with other women such as Carole Joseph, Nicole Rosefort, and Nancy Esposito who are driven to make a difference in our society as an expression of our faith.
This evening she had company and we ate akra. Therese also prepared korosòl ice cream in a sòbtyè. I enjoyed it a lot as well as the penpatat.