Yesterday, we lived the 11th anniversary of Windows on Haiti without anyone's notice. Not a single soul! The year before, we had a tremendous gathering, with people coming from afar (New York, Long Island, Boston, and notably Ottawa). Even some Floridians participated via Skype. One year can make a tremendous difference, but I note that's for the good... Like the blood in our veins, Windows on Haiti can run without leaving an imprint.
I have not heard Marilyn in a while. I hope that she is well. If you happen to be reading these lines, Marilyn, know that I will be visiting you soon. I hear from Nekita once in a while by e-mail. She's hinted at good news to come. I wish her the best of luck.
To my friends at AKASAN, AKASAN TV, and Konbit for Port-à-Piment, I wish you lots of success.
To our plan to meet next year in Ile-à-Vache or elsewhere in Haiti, I say it's a nice dream.
To Leonel, I say: "Please go back to Denmark, my friend, so we can be closer."
To Gelin, "One year later, I am still waiting."
To Tayi, "Obama is the real deal. Even Toussaint Louverture was not perfect."
To Dunord, "Your name might as well mean 'From the North Pole' "
To Bouli, "M espere w'ap boule!"
To Anakaona / Shelony, "S'on bèl ti jòf ou te ban nou ane pase. Nou pap mande plis."
To Barb, thank you for keeping the Windows open in New Mexico.
To all other Ann Pale'ers, "I love you all... though I am mostly FaceBooking now. You stayed silent, way too long."
And finally, let's recognize the Link that keeps all of us united: Loving Haiti is Loving Haitians, wherever they may be and forming with them a chain of support that should be unbreakable. Thus, the reason for Windows on Haiti and all of our other initiatives.
Live long and be successful in what you do.
Guy S. Antoine