Saturday, October 6, 2012


Anne of Green Gables called it a 'kindred spirit'. How often does one find one? Well in the last few months I have found a couple of 'likeminded' ladies from unexpected sources. Today I want to blog about two.

I have been teaching Afrikaans lessons from home and mailnly have young second language students. I was surpised when a forty year old American lady enquired about taking Afrikaans lessons with me. She started immediately and we have lessons three times per week. She has shown such an interest in Afrikaans and we now exchange Afrikaans magazines, movies etc. Not only has she fallen in love with my mother tongue but she also shares my interest in finding treasures in small antique or secondhand stores. Roxanne shares another love of mine namely arts and crafts. She is always bringing or showing me new items that she created.

Yesterday a friend asked me over for coffee to meet her new tennant. She thought we might have some things in common. I met another kindred spirit around the same age as myself. Surprise, surprise! Like me she still finds delight in beautifully illustrated children's books, enjoys spending hourse browsing in book shops and libraries. I hope to get to know her better and see much more of this precious woman. Hopefully we can inspire each other to write and read a little more or even encourage each other to find our hidden talents.

Kindred spirits according to the dictionary: An individual with the same beliefs, attitudes and feelings as oneself. I wonder how many of those one will meet in a life time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fun with the children

THE RIDDLES MY YOUNG STUDENTS ENJOY: Jenny's father has five daughters: 1. Nana. 2. Nene. 3. Nini. 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter? ANSWER: Jenny. While you would have been temped to say a name that starts with an N and using the u vowel, the riddle explicitly states at the beginning "Jenny's Father...". A man and his son are in a car accident. The man dies on the way to the hospital, but his son needs surgery. In the operating room the surgeon says,"I can't operate on this boy, he is my son." Who was the surgeon? ANSWER: The boy's Mother. What sits in a corner but travel's the world? ANSWER: A stamp.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teacher's giggle

A teacher of a playgroup held up a pair of gloves and asked, "Whose are these?" A small boy put up his hand, "They look like mine, Miss." "So then they are yours, are they, Jack?" "No, Miss, they can't be mine, because mine are lost!" Children's logic!!

Monday, May 21, 2012


I have always wanted to teach! I have recently taken on some lively children who are struggling with the Afrikaans language. In the comfort of my own home, I am teaching them in an informal and fun way. On the whole they are all so well mannered and respectful and I feel priviledged to be their teacher. The time flies by while teaching them and I almost feel dissapointed when I see a parent arrive to fetch their child. This my prayer for this new venture: I want to be an escape to and for the children and bring honour to my Lord. I want my God in my work place (prayer and more prayer). I want to give my talents and allow God to use me in every way possible. I shall be grateful and thank Him regularly. Please help me God to be positive and make a difference in each of their lives. Help me to help them to improve their marks. I shall put each or their names on my prayer list and and draw close to Jesus before every lesson. Thank you for your trust in me with these precious lives.