Jessica’s Tummy Mummy

I would think I’d call an adopted daughter of mine a lovely Zulu name. But Jess arrived as Jessica, two years and two days old and named Jessica by her fifteen year old mother Thembi. Just Jessica. Of course, we couldn’t imagine her as anything but Jess/Jessie/Jessica now! ‘Cept maybe JessiePops, like godmother Dizzi callsContinue reading “Jessica’s Tummy Mummy”

Twelve Year Expiries?

Another twelve-year-old has gone west. Flaky the snaky that TomTom got when he was five has shuffled off this mortal coil. Expired. She was fine and ate her last supper – the usual whole rare mouse – with hungry focus a few days before. Then I saw her uncharacteristically out of her shelter and exposed.Continue reading “Twelve Year Expiries?”

Jess and her Tummy Mummy

Jessie’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.Continue reading “Jess and her Tummy Mummy”

Tragedy and Taking Advantage

Tobias Gumede’s eldest child of his Inchanga family, Sepp (19), drowned in the Umgeni river this week. It was a hot day and he and some matric classmates went to the river to cool down. He couldn’t swim so sat on a rock watching the others till he couldn’t resist it, got in and disappeared.Continue reading “Tragedy and Taking Advantage”

Time Scurries

Hate it, but it’s true: Things fade. A month late on our annual tribute. Six years now. Don’t worry, you still do occasionally cause changes to the way we do things, and “But Mom said . . ” is still used to some effect! Jess still regularly asks if there wasn’t more we could haveContinue reading “Time Scurries”

R.I.P Iona ::: 1926 – 2016

Trish and Janet’s mom Iona died this week aged 90. Their Dad Neil passed away in 2013 just short of his 88th birthday. Poor Iona was not happy after Neil’s death, having to move into a home, then earlier this year into frail care. She remained feisty, but in pain from a crumbling hip. SheContinue reading “R.I.P Iona ::: 1926 – 2016”

R.I.P Neil ::: 1925 – 2013 – Trish’s Daddy

On Sunday, July 14, 2013, pete wrote:Trish’s dear old Dad Neil shuffled off quietly yesterday. As always no fuss. Made sure the family knew “No funeral, no memorial service, no nothing” before he went. Broke his hip two weeks ago and although he got wonderful free treatment at the Prince Mshiyeni state hospital and theContinue reading “R.I.P Neil ::: 1925 – 2013 – Trish’s Daddy”

Mom, Moz and Morphine

On 24 June 2011, Pete <pete@sheila.co.za> wrote: Hi Jayne Wanting to get to Mozambique for snorkeling soonest. Trish not well at all and wants to go snorkeling and I’m trying to arrange. Phone +2**2394*002 if you can. Hope and trust all well with you? And your gang? Our kids well – just rattled. Thanks LoveContinue reading “Mom, Moz and Morphine”