Swipe image ~ It was one of those strange encounters, when the unexpected happens, becoming unpleasant. A late afternoon a few years ago in northern Ethiopia while working on part one of the @outofedenwalk, we had parked our LandCruiser in the Afar village of Aduma. I had spent much of the day with a family in this desert part of the country, the father’s wife always pleasantly pouring coffee. Taking a break to charge camera batteries in the car, I sat in the drivers seat, the only shade under a still heavy afternoon of heat. One of the daughters slowly walked to the side, very gently. She appeared shy and extremely curious, then paused to take a look at herself in the rather jumbo sized mirrors. Moments later I heard a raspy shout, and within seconds, her father came running toward her wielding a stick, thinking his daughter was troubling me. It happened so quickly, I put down my camera after only a few photos, imploring to the man that I was not upset whatsoever. He didn’t seem to believe me, raising his voice again to his daughter before she ran away. I learned later the family had only one small pocket mirror, that likely our car’s side mirrors were the largest this very kind girl had used, able to see her equally kind face and beautifully braided hair. Often I think of this moment when trying to see whether a shirt is too wrinkled or I’ve spilled coffee on a jacket, peering into a small yet still larger bathroom sink mirror. Remembering how content, albeit briefly, this young woman was to see her face in a side mirror.
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