Monthly Archive:: May 2015

31 May 2015

The Caterpillar Perspective

If I ask you to choose a symbol for your life, what would it be? What would you compare your life with? Since I can remember I’ve compared my life to that of a butterfly… or actually
26 May 2015

The Check List

Have you ever made plans for your future or had a picture in your mind of how things would play out? Of course you have, all of us do. I was the master planner when it came
25 May 2015

Spiced biscuits, Cutex remover and hairspray

When I was seventeen, in my final year of high school, I was sitting in a cold exam hall. We were waiting to write an Afrikaans Creative writing exam. It was one of those exams where you
25 May 2015

The Lady and the Sea

I don’t know how to explain what the sea means to me, and I don’t expect you to understand, unless you share the same affliction. This unexplained yearning, this pull so strong that it literally makes you
25 May 2015

Through Heaven’s Eyes

My grandmother was a formidable woman. She grew up on a farm near a river in the Free State in a time when a trip to church or school meant a 4-hour trek with a horse drawn
17 May 2015

Om ‘n Ouma te hê…

This is the original essay in Afrikaans, as referred to in  “Spiced biscuits, Cutex remover and hairspray.”   Deur Pauli Havemann, 17 jaar   Dit was ‘n lang pad ek onthou. Elke boompie, telefoonpaal en plaasopstal het