Category «Life»

An Empty Cup: When Mom Neglects Herself

Running on empty The other day, Rafe was up all night with a fever. The next morning, I took him to the doctor first thing. When Emmy swallowed a kiddies’ domino a few months ago, Jacques took her to casualty right away. When the girls were playing and Angie hurt her eye, I took her …

{Currently} All The Things

Hello there. It’s been a while. Here’s a bit of an update for you. Things We’re Loving Onesies. Sure, it’s a bit of a mission to go to the loo in the middle of the night, but there’s really nothing warmer to sleep in. Harry Potter. Angie is just a little bit obsessed. We’re on …

Why I’m Not Marching (And What I’m Doing Instead)

All week, I’ve seen event suggestions pop up in my Facebook feed: a march here, a protest there. All with one message: Zuma must go. I’ve thought about attending one of them. One has just been arranged in my town – a march from a local park to the library. There’s an almost palpable sense …

{Currently} The Best Thing Ever

I had intended to put up a New Year post earlier this week, but my mind is still very much in holiday mode. We start school on Monday, and Jacques goes back to work on Tuesday, so I suppose it’s time to start switching into normal mode again. I am excited to start school. Angie …

{Currently} How Many Sleeps ‘Til Christmas?

How can Rafe be four months old already? Didn’t I give birth to him, like, yesterday? He has always been a smiley baby, but these days it is so easy to make him giggle. And, oh man, those baby giggles are too adorable. Giggles produce even more giggles, and once he starts and the girls …

{Currently} The Three Month Mark

Rafe is three months old today, and in my completely unbiased opinion, the cutest baby boy on the planet. Just look at him. He’s still ma vas, but he is happy to be left with Nana and his sisters when I tutor. He comes with me to drama class, and naps in the wrap while …

{Poetry} Do you like what you see?

I originally posted this on my Facebook page last week. My brother sent me the photo below – burned books in Wartenweiler Library at Wits. I understand the students’ frustration, but destroying the resources they already have is not going to get them what they want. And it was the ANC that promised them free …

Four At Last!

As has become tradition, here is my birthday interview with Emmy. It’s really, really late because, well, there’s a baby in the house. (As I type, the baby is sleeping on my lap because, for reasons unknown, he doesn’t like his cot in the daytime.) My commentary is in italics. 1. What was your favourite …

{Currently} Desperately Seeking Inspiration

I’ve been feeling so uninspired lately. I don’t know if it’s the heat, or the sleep-deprivation, or just needing to recover from the girls’ combined birthday party, but every time I’ve sat down to write I’ve found myself staring at the blank page for a few minuted before closing my laptop. There are about a …

A Letter To My Four-Year-Old

Dear Emmy, You’re four at last! You’ve been counting down for at least a month now, asking, β€œIs it my birthday yet?” every few days and giving a big sigh when the answer was no. But today, finally, the wait is over. Yes, sweet girl, you’re a big girl now. You are already so independent. …