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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Until We Meet Again!

A special tribute to my Beloved Mom (to share with those who knew and loved her and were not able to attend her Memorial Service)

Late on Friday, 03 July 2015 the Angels came to take mommy home.....

What we were left to say goodbye to was just the "vessel".   The body is not what defines us, it merely contains us and, yes, sometimes confines us.

It is our soul (or energy or whatever you want to call it) that is US - when that departs from the vessel we are finally and truly free to BE.

Mom believed that when you die you "go where you have always wanted to be"! 

I would always ask Mom what she wanted for her Birthday and she would always say "a house by the sea" (so Mom I hope you finally got your wish!!)

Even though there is a full stop at the end of Mom's story here on earth - her story has been written and will  live on in the hearts and memories of those left behind.     To be told and retold many times over!

The words printed on the photos are from the song "To Where You Are" (Josh Groban) - mom and I cried together the first time I played it for her!

Mom used to love going on outings and we always had a ball.     She loved attending Ladies' Days with me.      We would go shopping for our outfits during the week before and "dolly" ourselves up for the "event".    Mom "got" my sense of humor and I would often have her in stitches.

She loved to have a chat over a cup of tea and a rusk!  Her favorite was weak black tea with a few drops of lemon juice - not slices - just a few drops of the juice!

Mom loved flowers and colours and gardens.   When I visited her she always reminded me to bring her flowers from my garden.   She especially loved proteas and when they were in bloom I would pick her a big bunch.

We often chatted about going on a little adventure together on a bus tour to Namaqualand to see the wildflowers

Sadly mom was not able to travel for many years and we never got to have our little adventure.    

Last week when I was not even able to crochet, I started rolling yarn together and in the rolled together yarn I saw....... Namaqualand!!

Mom was one of the most unselfish people I have ever met.    She would always put others first, often to the detriment of her own health and well being (one of the few things we used to argue about).

Mom looked after my sister and niece for many years.    She would get up early every morning (when old people should still be snuggling in bed), make breakfast for everybody, drive my niece to school, then fetch her again and help her with her homework, do my sister's washing and make food for a full house!   This took a toll on mom's health - but never once did she complain!!

Mom was a friend to everybody - she would often feed and take care of the neighborhood children when they got home early and their parents were not yet home!

Mom you will forever be missed by everybody who knew you!!

..........  I know you're there
A breath away's not far
To where you are.


  1. Wonderful tribute to your dear mother!!!!Beautiful post and so very emotive Zelna. Your words echo many of my own thoughts.
    I so believe that the sweet memories of happy times are the tribute to our loved ones who have passed on and on sharing with the young in the family means they will always be with us.


    Amanda :-)

  2. A beautiful post.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Hugs x

  3. Prachtig geschreven !!! Een mooi eerbetoon aan je moeder !
    Hou je goed in deze moeilijke dagen. Wij zijn eveneens in gedachten bij jou.

    Lieve groetjes, Tinne

  4. Watter pragtige woorde, Zelna.

  5. What a beautiful tribute to your late mother. I'm sorry for your loss. xox

  6. Dear Zelna
    From what you have written I can tell that your Mom was a wonderful person. May her soul rest in peace, my condolences to you and your family. Hugs.
    Maria Shaikh

  7. Oh Zelna, a beautiful beautiful post on your Mum.....much love to you all and may she be in that little house by the sea enjoying all of her memories in life ♥

  8. What a beautiful post, I'm so sorry for your loss.

  9. What a beautiful tribute to you mother, she was so young. I am so sorry for you loss.