I recently received an email from a participant in the project I worked on in Ethiopia. People like this make you realize you have the greatest job in the world:
I just wanted to thank you for the picture slide show. I am confident that you know how incredible your work is and how much we all appreciated you being in Hadar, if for no other reason than at least for the amazing photos we all get to gawk at.
I can say with pride, however, that we became friends and you aren’t just "some guy who was in Africa". In fact I have shown your slide show to many people, and I always introduce it as "a slide show made by the only other person in Hadar who’s throat I didn’t want to punch."
The trip would have, on many occasions, presented itself to be unbearable were it not for yours and Kaye’s support. I exaggerate not at all when I say too that the CD you sent is one of the most meaningful things I own. Were my house burning down, I would grab that CD first.
Thanks again, so much.
Here’s to a great year!