I wrote this to a friend almost a month ago - I'm thinking this really is going to happen, and although the trip hasn't been officially approved, I'm still BURSTING with the hope that June will arrive and my darling husband will be packing his bags for Addis.
Here is the coolest news:
In December Mr. Silly Pants and I attended a going away party for the Ethiopian physicians we've been "entertaining" in the capacity of their "American Family" (or as cultural brokers). The party was marvelous. First it was a lovely farewell for 2 terrific physicians. For me, it was the first time in my community I was in an intimate enough space with about 25 other Ethiopians and I felt I could make some meaningful and "growable" connections. Oh what a pleasure for me; an "immersion" into the local Ethiopian community, plus a few UW Hospital Program folks who are part of the team to bring an emergency medicine residency program to the Black Lion Hospital and Addis Ababa University (AAU). I had the most lovely evening with lots of laughing and communing.
At some point in the evening I made my way to the kitchen (where all the important things happen, of course), to hang out with the women and learn and listen. To my delight and surprise, I was gursha fed for the first time- and fussed over - and thanked - and really welcomed and enveloped by the women. My lovely friend Mulu fed me gursha. It was a very tender and moving experience for me.
By the end of the evening one of the hospital program and grant directors asked Mr. Silly Pants (Dr. Silly Pants, which is a credential that matters in this story) to consider joining her and another doc to teach at AAU in June. The curriculum would include ALSO (Advanced Life Support and Obstetrics - it's some sort of acronym for a program, I guess) AND then go to rural Ethiopia to 'do frontier medicine' (their term, not mine). 2 plus weeks in June in Ethiopia!!!!!! Wowowowwowo!