Reluctant Memsahib

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Reluctant Memsahib
The diary of wife, mother and failed domestic goddess in Africa
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  • Home 1 week ago The mornings are cold. In the east, at Home, it’s cold. It’s winter. Only in the unchanging far away Outpost are the seasons mostly obsolete: it’s wet or its dry, there’s not much in between. And there is never mist. Or cloud. Except before the rains. But here, now, back Home, the cloud...
  • A Decade on: Coming Home 3 weeks ago     We are back where we started. In the north. Life’s a circle. It’s true. People ask, ‘it is like coming home?’ Yes – for the familiarity of the skyline, old faces, knowing – mostly – where to go to get what. And no – for in the intervening ten years much has changed: […]
  • Unwritten Tales 3 months ago I am distracted as I pull books from shelves, wipe fine dust from their jackets with the back of my sleeve; every book tells a story, a tale quite separate from the one writ within its covers. Babar the Elephants describes sitting at my paternal grandmother’s knee on a farm far away, listening...
  • Beautiful Broken Brains 3 months ago   When Mum had her stroke, there was a scramble to learn. To learn about the anatomy of her brain so I understood where this injury had occurred and how it had manifested. To learn about how the trauma had affected her sight (not the same as just closing my right eye, I discovered; her […]
  • Are you ever Too Old? 3 months ago When you’re twenty you’re invincible. Fit. Beautiful. Fast. When you’re twenty, you’re going to live forever. Three decades later, you tiptoe around life, careful not to trip, mindful of stepping on landmines. Three decades later and you’re aware of every ache, every anomaly. An anomaly...

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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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