Reluctant Memsahib

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Reluctant Memsahib
The diary of wife, mother and failed domestic goddess in Africa
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  • Unwritten Tales 5 days 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 1 week 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? 1 week 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...
  • Protect my Bubble 4 weeks ago   England is warm so that cherry blossom rains down in sunshine and breathy gusts, and tulips nod huge heads sleepily and blue skies are laced with white ribbons of jet stream. I shop with Hat. We buy her a new laptop. I know about youthful haste and cracked screens, ‘insure it’, I urge. She...
  • The Art of Picking up Dropped Stitches 1 month ago I am trying to separate it out, unknotting strands that become chaotically tangled.   Stitches dropped by the stresses I am trying to field.   Which do I cultivate intrinsically, cooking up a storm internally so that it’s my doing that my chest constricts and I battle for breath. I focus then....

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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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