Reluctant Memsahib

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Reluctant Memsahib
The diary of wife, mother and failed domestic goddess in Africa
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  • Walk, Anyone? 1 day ago Come. Come for a walk. We’ll go across the vlei and up to the reservoir and down the hill where they’re harvesting avocado so that Jip can pinch one for a snack. Jip begins nudging me out from lunchtime onwards. Tails me around the house. To my office, the kitchen, the loo. Watches hopefully...
  • Ever Decreasing Islands 1 week ago Mum wakes in a foul mood. Drinks tea. Climbs back into bed so that she is a mound under blankets heaped over her. She looks like something in hibernation. She tells me she is too cold to get up. It isn’t cold.  This is either a marker of mood. Or a marker of a metabolism […]
  • We Made it Our Home 2 weeks ago “I don’ know the answers”, says Mum. She looks crestfallen. I tell her, ‘it’s not a test, ma, it was just in case you were interested’. I have flagged the pages of a book with post-it notes and on each note I have scratched a comment, in an effort to guide her reading, lend context....
  • It's There. And Then it's Gone. 2 weeks ago We drive around the mountain to the other farm. The sky is duck egg blue and smeared with a haze which knocks all the sharp corners off the mountains so our views are soft, profiles powder puffed. When it rains and the air is cut glass clear and clean, I can see every crevice of […]
  • Dementia as Metaphor 2 weeks ago There is a pile of books in front of mum. At her side. Her feet. She’s forested by them. She picks up one and shortly afterwards abandons it for another. I sense her frail grasp of reading is loosening. The words which we painstakingly rebuilt after her stroke are disintegrating as the alphabet...

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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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