Saying Goodbye?

I am truly blessed to have 4 beautiful daughters and 2 magnificent sons.. Sometimes I forget to count my blessings.

Recently (20 June 2010) a very dear friend of mine (a well known author and dance therapist) passed on after an 8 month illness. I am grateful to her family for calling me constantly the weekend prior to her passing in order that the children and I could say our final goodbyes. Although she was unable to reply or speak back the indications from her family, who were at her bedside, were that she heard and understood everything I was saying.

A few days later I again said goodbye – to my beautiful daughter, Jessica, who was visiting South Africa. A different goodbye, but nonetheless a painful parting as she wings her way back to the other side of the planet. Very few people know much about our background, or indeed about Jessica <- I prefer to keep it that way. Suffice it so say that she has grown into an amazing young lady, having overcome obstacles and trauma that no young girl or woman should ever have to endure. ‘Tis life in Africa – and I’m pleased she, being British, has escaped the threatened fate promised to South African women, many of whom have already become victims of violent crime, rape and/or worse. A true blessing, and my pride and joy is Jess.

This was goodbye – for now… she has no intention of returning to South Africa, a bitter-sweet parting…..

I also found this poem this morning while uploading some pictures to the pc of her recent trip, very beautiful…. and very true!

Women have strengths that are amazing.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they portray strength when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.


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