Reluctant Memsahib

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Reluctant Memsahib
The diary of wife, mother and failed domestic goddess in Africa
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  • The Whole Story 2 days ago I have written words about Depression that I had forgotten I had written. I have described madness as being a part of my normality. A part of what defines me. It was there for so long. And even when it wasn’t, palpable reminders remained of this most intangible illness: prescriptions, books,...
  • The Rearranging of Celestial Furniture 1 week ago At this time of year, when the rains are here, our night skies can be spectacular. Big banks of cloud that have bulked all afternoon – so that we know the sun that bakes our backs as we walk the garden is the type that conjures storms – huddle on our horizons, bruised and brooding, […]
  • Come and Gone 1 week ago Visitors come and visitors go and almost immediately it’s hard to believe they were here at all. My sister C and her youngest arrived a week ago. And left yesterday. They travelled from their African Outpost to mine and the days rushed past in such a blur I cannot now remember what happened from...
  • Good Better Best 2 weeks ago We go out to lunch. With the girls. The rare handful of them that come and go from the Outpost; only a couple of us are permanent, rooted solid. Lunch is in celebration of International Women’s Day. Our hostess asks that we all arrive with an inspirational quote. Immediately I panic. How will mum...
  • The Genius of Madness 2 weeks ago Aristotle said, “no great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness”.  He said that  in 350BC. Kay Redfield Jamison’s new book – Setting the River on Fire – her biography of poet Robert Lowel – says the same thing: beautiful minds are often attended by beasts of madness,...

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Abigail Duplussis
18:08 PM November 12, 2014

Excellent writing. You are teaching us and sharing your world and thoughts, thank you. Teaching is a wonderful calling. Jesus taught people in His parables. It is wonderful your daughter has chosen to teach, she will bless people and it will return to bless her.

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