This photo means a lot to me. You know the phrase, You’ve come a long way baby? That’s what I think when I see this photo.
I was just off a 24 hour flight from the US to Zimbabwe. Only a few hours earlier at the airport in Johannesburg, I had sent one last text to my family in the US: Arrive in Zim in a few hours and will be holding Loveness soon. Instead, when I got off the plane in Zimbabwe, I was told Loveness had died. This photo was taken a few hours after that.
I had been taken to the hospital where Loveness’s body was in the morgue. I still wanted to hold her. But first with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I passed through the Children’s Ward at the hospital and met these three children, all abandoned. I am holding Tanya, Cheepo is sleeping in the crib they all shared and staring me down is Primrose. There were a total of six abandoned children in the hospital on that day. Four infants, including Loveness, had died the previous week.
|Kuda, Primrose, Cheepo, Tariro and Brighton (May 2012)|
This photo reminds me that sometimes your tears can water the seeds of what is to bloom next. Primrose, You’ve come a long way baby.