Erica climbed up the stairs to the catwalks in the air of the concert hall where Dance would be rocking the house tonight. She felt absolutely in her element today, setting up her camera’s, bossing the crew around, checking the comm-system she used to stay in touch with the other photographers she was in charge of and just settling down in her spot for her job: taking gorgeous pictures of her friends on stage. It would be the last time for her before having her baby, so she decided to absolutely enjoy herself to the fullest.
Jake had had his doubts though, like she had expected him to have when she told him she wanted to coordinate the crew and take pictures herself. He couldn’t forbid it if he wanted too. He knew she loved doing this too much, even though she was on pregnancy leave. He had made her promise to be careful and naturally she made that promise to him. She intended to be very careful, especially because the baby was due somewhere between now and next week, if she had to believe the statistics.
Have you ever been in the same room as a living legend? With someone that has done so much for this world and still is, by also educating others about it? Meeting with someone like that is an experience on its own. Especially when this person is a wonderful human being. Than you know how I felt last Saturday February 23rd during the lecture at the Apenheul (a Dutch zoo, specialised in taking care of different kind of monkeys and apes) in Apeldoorn. The lecture was given by none other than Jane Goodall, the research scientist and activist whose pioneering research is known all over the world. This little lady is grand in her message: everybody can make a difference to get nature and the environment back into balance. After the lecture I promised her to write a blog about it, as a donation to spread the word about her message.
Dr. Jane Goodall with Gombe chimpanzee Freud / © Michael Neugebauer