I would like to thank several women who have moved on to the next steps on their journeys with the Department of State. They have helped me during the last few years at the US Embassy and compliments should be given where compliments are due.
First, my friend Rachel, who left Kuwait several months ago to her new posting. Rachel reached out to various members of the media in Kuwait - including me - to help promote activities and positive PR at the Embassy. She invited me to various social events and turned into a dear friend who I sincerely admire for her professionalism and sunny/kind outlook. She worked towards promoting young women in Kuwait and assisted a dear friend (non-blood relative); ultimately changing her life and greatly improving her chances for a much brighter future.
Next, Virginia, who extended invitations and invited me into her home. I knew her through friends and although I never had the opportunity to get to know her as well as they; I sincerely appreciated being included in their group activities when I was.
Of course, I miss HE Deborah Jones all the time. I miss seeing her face in the news and hearing about what she talked about in the diwaniyas. I enjoyed it most when she got into hot water. I saw her as a kindred rebel spirit and it was a great honor for me to have brief glimpses into her life here.
Thank you, ladies, for coming to Kuwait and touching my and others' lives in small, but profound ways. Your work here was appreciated.