Africa, Aitch, Family & Kids, Life, Nostalgia

Jess and her Tummy Mummy

Jessica & ThembiJessie’s Tummy Mummy Thembi became a good friend thanks to Aitch and her conscientious follow-up and ‘adoption’ of Thembi.

Aitch nurtured her and encouraged and empowered her. She arranged classes such as computer and sewing courses; she had her teeth seen to and hugely improved by the state orthodontists at Addington and King Edward hospitals.

Once a month she would take Jessie – and me and Tom sometimes – to meet for lunch with Thembi when we would also take her supplies and goods to sell; Jessie loved those lunches. She and Thembi would gossip and giggle and point at people walking past commenting on their looks, dress, gait, whatever. Scandalous! They loved it!

Once we took her back to Port Shepstone so she could show her Mom and Gran that Jess was fine.

Thembi's Mom and Gran
Thembi’s Mom and Gran seated; Thembi’s long hair

Thembi met a guy who was very good to her and was very happy but tragically she then contracted AIDS; Aitch pitched right in and arranged to meet the chief HIV / AIDS doctor in charge at King Edward. She saw to it that Thembi got her treatment on time. She sickened rather quickly though, and grew weak.

Jess wrote to her when I visited her in Addington:

Thembi card frm Jess Jan2010

She died in Addington hospital. I took her boyfriend and her brother Dumi in the kombi to buy a coffin and then to fetch her body; then arranged for them to get her remains – and themselves – to Port Shepstone.

Family & Kids

It’s A Dog’s (married) Life

adopted dog

This poster reminded me of a school lift a few years back where the kids were talking about their dogs.

“Did you guys know Sambucca’s Dad is ZinZan, Luke’s dog, and her Mom is Daisy, Emily’s bitch?” I asked them (both those kids were in the kombi).

“Yes” said Luke, sounding sad – “But they’re separated”.

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I shook with silent laughter as they pondered this sad news. I wasn’t going to tell them they’d only “been together” for twenty minutes.

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This email exchange followed:

Steve wrote:

Hope he is keeping up with his alimony payments.

Me:
Hey! I hadn’t thought of that!
Lance, methinks ZinZan should be sending a monthly cheque . . .

Lance (Luke’s Dad):

Good luck with that!