Author Archives: Bets

Childhood Fear

FEARFUL: I grew up in South Africa and I know this will no doubt raise some eyebrows but I also know without a doubt that my greatest fear was “the black man” who might come to attack and kill me … Continue reading

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Lesson 5 Guy Fawkes Night

“Can’t we just look?” But we knew it was no use until we’d had our supper which we did every evening together in our dining room. We children just gobbled everything down. At last the last dishes were washed and … Continue reading

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Lesson 4. Optional Ex. Not wanting to be left out.

I must have begged to go too so, rather loathely, I was included. Perhaps it was conditional. “You can go with Daddy and Desiree but only if you promise to be a good girl and not cause any problems.” “Yes, … Continue reading

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LESSON 3

  From the Cape Town I once knew – like discovering a  box of fading yet  treasured postcards, I pick up some almost forgotten moments in various places in the Cape Town of my early youth – the late 50’s, … Continue reading

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LESSON 2:  Optional writing.  A Life Changing Conversation.

I entered the  surgery of Dr Simon Swielman. He was a nice enough looking man but I felt a coolness and a detachment in his demeanour. Goodmorning,  Mrs Kramer, ” he said,  hardly looking up from perusing my file.  As … Continue reading

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The Summer of Sixty -Nine

(I have persuaded my parents to allow me to host the class party this year at my house. I have been very excited about this. Every year we are “allowed” by the school to have one class party and we … Continue reading

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