Departure Complete!

My mom on her 89th birthday February 2012
My mom on her 89th birthday February 2012

There’s an eerie silence that accompanies death. When people depart from this world, their voices are no longer heard. But some voices echo forever. These are the voices of the noble luminaries who, with their actions, leave footprints in the sands of time. Their impressions remain with us forever. Socrates ( Ancient Greek Philosopher 470BC-399BC )

Such a person was my mom. A beautiful woman, small with dark curly hair, dark brown eyes and a smile that  lit up her face. She was fiercely loyal, with strong moral codes, not a woman of many words, but still her voice and her actions will echo in the lives of those around her. Although she was not very demonstrative in her love, she loved deeply. She showed her love with small deeds such as a tin of rusks, a cake, a home cooked meal or a bunch of flowers. No visitor left her home empty handed.


The youngest of seven children, she started working at the age of sixteen. She married my father when she was 25 years old and her loyalty was such, that she cared for him for 15 years, in the process neglecting herself and her own health to such an extent that she died only three months after he passed away.They were married for 64 years.

Her happiest moments were when she could be in her garden amongst the roses and other blooming plants and many who knew her well, will remember the beautiful flowers picked in her garden which she loved to give.

She taught me many life lessons, but the most important ones are:

  • Be loyal to your commitments, be it in personal relationships, work or leisure. 
  • Never ever  participate in idle talk and gossip.
  • Always work hard and give your best no matter how small or unimportant the task.
  • Never complain about life circumstances, rather live life in the circumstances to the best of your ability 
  • Respect other people’s privacy. 
  • Love, respect and care for books. 

This week we face the final goodbye, but her voice will echo in my life and in the lives of other family members.I write this as a tribute to her and trust that generations to come in our family will gain some insight in her life and their inheritance as her descendants.

Follow up post to In The Departure Lounge

Dung Beetle Days.

The early morning sun shines brightly on the grass still wet from last night’s rain. As I walk across the lawn with my basket of  laundry on the way to hang it out to dry, I almost step on him. There he is, diligently rolling his ball of dung across the grass shoots which are higher than he is  towards who knows where?

Dung B ed

I stop and stare, amazed at the speed with which this little  beetle rolls the enormous ball of dung over great obstacles in his way.

Dung beetles are vitally important to the environment as they clean up the majority of dung during the summer season. When they disappear for their winter sleep termites take over the  job of cleaning.There are many different species of dung beetle. The little chap which I encountered is a rolling dung beetle or one of the telecoprids. They usually clean up the dung of herbivores, in our case most probably that of our neighbour’s sheep

Two beetles, a male and a female create the ball, with the male pushing it away from the dung pile with its back legs, as quickly as possible.  The strenght and tenacity of these little beetles are amazing as they roll their ball of dung in a straight line over all sorts and sizes of obstacles. Sometimes pushing more than 50 times their body weight up a steep embankment.

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As I watch and capture him with my camera, I am inspired by his determination and perseverance. Lately I have been feeling discouraged and overwhelmed by the amount of difficult circumstances in my life, but the little dung beetle taught something.

If he can push his ball of dung over all the obstacles in his way, to finish the task he was created for, so can I.

If he can persevere untill he reaches his goal, so can I.

If he pushes a load almost 50 times his body weight, because he was designed to be able to do it, I will not be asked to carry or push a load that is bigger than I am able to. 

So when I again feel the dung balls in my life are becoming too big, I will think of you little beetle and push even harder, trusting in the Lord to give me the strenght to finish the task set before me.  

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9