Daily prompt: Picture the one person in the world you really wish were reading your blog. Write her or him a letter.
My dearest Aunty Gerty,
You’ve been gone for so many years now, but I still think of you so often. I think of you with much fondness and love. You were the sweetest kindest Afrikaans lady I had ever known … and you liked me, even with all my moms English-ness in me, you didn’t mind that at all.
I remember the day so fondly when you pitched up at out flat, with the Oom (Uncle). You told my mom and dad that you’re taking me to church with you on Sunday and that you intend taking me to the OK Bazaars for a new dress and shoes. It was wonderful, you said I could choose any dress I wanted. I remember how Oom was grunting and moaning because we “vrou mense” (women)were taking too long and he didn’t like shopping.
On that Sunday when you took me with, you held my hand and told everyone of your friends who I was … remember how I didn’t know I had to put money in the collection plate when it came around and you quickly whispered to me about how it worked and pushed money into my hand so that I could also put money in the plate – You always secretly pushed money into my hand and told me to buy myself sweets … remember that aunty? Gosh, now I have the tears.
I kept the old cow with the wobbly head for a long time, the one you had in the back of you blue Ford Zephyr… you just decided to give it to me because I thought is was cute how the head wobbled when Oom drove the car.
I loved you so much, I didn’t know to tell you that then. I remember how sad you were when Oom died, but I think you are together again now.
I just wanted to tell you that I really loved you and still do …