Peace Corps

Portrait of Irene

November 7th, 2007

Portrait of Irene

She is not just a notable, she is notable, remarkable. As she hosts Yune and I, she is also cooking chicken, baking a cake for her son’s birthday, and lecturing her student teacher. She is married to the sous-prefet (a representative of the president to the community), but she is much more than his wife. She is earning her doctorate, having already obtained her Masters in Law. She married at 25, and tells me that I am too young to even think about marriage. I have heard the opposite from other women in village. She is a mother, but of three children- not the traditional 5 or 6- that she has taken the time and effort to raise well, I can already tell from their behavior. It’s nice to see that their shoes fit. I am impressed with her so much that I would paint a portrait of Irene in her honor if I were an artist. I would paint her as she juggled all of these things at that moment, for all women to see. She is not just a notable, she is notable, remarkable.

About Tara

Tara received her degree in French and Communications before jetting off to serve Cameroon for 2 years with the Peace Corps. She has forever since been inspired to serve in humanitarian projects around the world. She's a writer, tour guide, business owner, property manager, wifey, dog mom, and traveler. Tara lives in Dallas, Texas, where she's happily married to the tech genius who keeps her website pretty.