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  2. I had just one chance
  3. Grandmother/grandfather once/often told me
  4. Things I regret
  5. I remember with fondness….

October 12,2012

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I remember with fondness…

the last days while my mother was still alive. She was such a soft, good hearted person.

The last few months my mother lived in a home for the elderly. She really enjoyed being with a group of people her own age. I had the opportunity to visit her every afternoon after school.  I was still teaching in Potgietersrus while looking after my sister’s place in Naboomspruit. This was in 2006.My mother was in the home for the elderly in Naboom. Each afternoon she would  sit outside, waiting for my visit. We would go for a stroll down to the gate and back, while chatting about all the things that happened that day. She could not remember much because she had Alzheimer’s disease. After the stroll we would go to her room where her bed was . I would cut her fruit of the day so she could eat it. She loved it if I cut her orange in eight slices/wedges. She would then suck out the juice and eat the orange from the peel. ( Just  the same way she always did  to us while still young.) Then I would see to it that she eats her small cup of yogurt. While eating we would go on chatting about small events that happened in the past.

Then the worst thing happened. She got big ulcers from all the sitting. She never moaned about anything. She had to go to hospital and they operated twice to try and clean up the big mess.. I knew it was hurting  her so much but she still did not complain. She tried to do everything the doctors and therapist asked her to do. She would always ask if she was doing the right thing. She always wanted to please everybody! During the last few days while she still recognized us I could just think of her as a strong woman with so much pain she was hiding and I really felt so much love and fondness for her.

Late one evening the hospital called to say that we should come because it wasn’t going well ,they feared the worst.. I went that night at about 11pm( I had to drive from Naboom to Pretoria, about 200km). I sat with her that night and suddenly her mind was clear.  She asked me when my father would come. She wanted to see him(he had passed away in 1993 ). She also asked where my older sister was(my sister was still working in England at that time) Those were the last words she had spoken to me. After that night she just deteriorated , she still lived for about 2 more weeks before passing away.

I will always remember these last days with my mother in fondness.

 

The following double page has the last photos of my mother on it.

Luckily I have her with all three sisters!

We did not do a quick writing session because we are changing the way of doing the writing.

Remember South Africa 2010:(no 5 Mokgophong – Naboomspruit)

The few days I stayed with my older sister was pleasant. We could catch up on many things.

She took me one morning to the new GOLF PARK ESTATE between Modimolle and Mokgophong.

Club house and cable car starting point at bottom of Waterberge.

From the veranda of the Club house. In the middle is a Naboom.

Euphorbia candelabrum is a succulent species of plant in the Euphorbiaceae family. Its Latin name derives from its growth habit, often considered to resemble the branching of a candelabrum. E. candelabrum is endemic to the Horn of Africa and eastern Africa along theEast African Rift system. It is known in Ethiopia by its Amharic name qwolqwal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_candelabrum

Inside the main building everything looked grand and rich.

Cable car moving up. Top of the mountain looking down at the Club house and

Nyls Vlei in the distance.

Looking at the Nyls Valley from the top.

The Nyl Floodplain is the largest inland floodplain in sSouth Africa, reaching 16 000 hectares when fully inundated. 10% of this floodplain is formally conserved as Nylsvley Nature Reserve, and was listed as a RAMSAR site, an internationally important habitat for waterfowl, in July 1998. Soon to be declared a national park, Nylsvley is one of the top birding spots in southernAfrica, with at least 365 species recorded. Over 104 water bird species visit (and many breed) during extensive flooding, which only occurs every three or four years. In high rainfall years, it is best to visit for two to four days in February to May. In dry seasons a two-day visit to see the bushveld birds is recommended.

http://www.sabirding.co.za/birdspot/060707.asp

We three sisters also went out for a good lunch just outside Naboom.

Here is a photo of the three of us together.

At my sisters place. This is Lilly looking at a lizard on the wall.

Mookgophong, also known by its former name, Naboomspruit, is a town in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

Town 42km north-east of Nylstroom and 51km south-west of Potgietersrus. It was founded on the farm Vischgat in 1907 and administered by a health committee from 1919. The name Naboomspruit is Afrikaans but derived from Khoekhoen; ‘euphorbia tree stream’, after the Euphorbia ingens which grows there.[2] The town was officially renamed Mookgophong on the 24 November 2006, by the South African government [3].

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mookgophong

The next trip is going to be the one to Zimbabwe.

It is a whole expedition on itself.

I am just going to touch it so that I can move on to the next Remember S A.