1. Peggy Keithcart
    September 8, 2019 @ 9:05 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to your ouma and oupa. I think you may become a writer like ouma.


    • Gerda Saunders
      September 9, 2019 @ 2:36 pm

      Dear Peggy, Thanks so much for writing. I will pass your lovely comment on to Aliya. I’m thrilled about your encouragement for Aliya to become a writer–while she loves writing and reads voraciously, drawing at the moment is her favorite activity. I you and yours all of the vey best.


  2. Jane Luger-Jacobson
    September 8, 2019 @ 10:23 pm

    Such a remarkable update from a very talented artist! Thank you so much Aliya.



    • Gerda Saunders
      September 9, 2019 @ 2:33 pm

      How lovely that you wrote, Jane.Thanks for your lovely message. I will pass it on to Aliya__she will be thrilled! All the best to you and yours.


  3. Ria Saunders
    September 9, 2019 @ 3:00 am

    Thank you so very much Aliya for the lovely drawings and the sculpture of your Ouma’s brain and Oupa’s helping hands. It really touched my heart that you are so loving and caring. Your Ouma is very lucky to have such a sweet granddaughter and such a supportive family.
    With lots of love
    Tannie Riaxx

    PS Tell your Ouma and Oupa they must really try very hard to come and visit me when I am in London. I’ll then be able to send you a little African present.


    • Gerda Saunders
      September 9, 2019 @ 2:32 pm

      My dearest Ria,

      Thanks so much for your lovely note, perfectly geared to Aliya. I am going to have her over to read all the comments. YOurs is so special, with the focus on her love and caring. I will let Aliya read your note about London–your magnet of a African present will make her tell us everyday to go! We’re still figuring out if the trip will be possible. Have to coordinate with you about dates!


  4. Victoria
    September 9, 2019 @ 4:30 am

    Hi Aliya, I love your blog, you’re a great story teller just like your Ouma! The dementia sculpture is so clever, it really illustrates the precious way your Oupa cares for Ouma. I hope that you continue with your writing and art – very special! Lots of love from Victoria, Cape Town South Africa 🙂 xx


    • Gerda Saunders
      September 9, 2019 @ 8:56 am

      Dear Victoria, so nice to get a message from you–I don’t remember us communicating before, so welcome. Thanks for your thoughtful note to Aliya. I’m going to have her over to go through the comments her post got–she will be so thrilled to see your appreciation of her sculpture and other art. Please be in touch again and tell me something about yourself!


  5. Rene Engelbrecht
    September 9, 2019 @ 6:53 am

    What a wonderful grandchild you are Aliya and so talented.


    • Gerda Saunders
      September 9, 2019 @ 8:53 am

      Liewe Rene, Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Aliya will be so happy to hear that you like her art.


  6. Mary Phillips
    September 9, 2019 @ 7:50 am

    Aliya, I love your art! It is beautiful and expressive and helped tell the wonderful story of your loving family. I especially love the sculpture of Ouma’s brain and Oupa’s hands, and the way you created it. Also your portrait of Ouma that you did when you were eight years old is quite incredible! Your art and your words shine through with the love you share with Ouma, Oupa and all your family. Well done!
    Your friend,


    • Gerda Saunders
      September 9, 2019 @ 8:52 am

      Dearest Mary, I am going to have Aliya over to go through the messages with me. I’ll show her your art, but I can’t remember your website address. Would you please email it to me? Thanks for your lovely comment, so beautifully personalized for a 9-year old. Love you–and counting the days to our visit!


  7. Kathy Williams
    September 9, 2019 @ 3:18 pm

    Your Aliya has a beautiful soul, I absolutely love her blog. She has a talent for writing just luke her Ouma❤😊


  8. Ellen Kuhlmann
    September 10, 2019 @ 6:06 pm

    Gerda, I greatly enjoyed Aliya’s post. I’ve been a lurker, reading your blog since before the book was published but not commented before. I loved her drawings and the sculpture -I hadn’t thought of it like that before, but the image of hands supporting the brain is so powerful. Thanks for having her write a guest post, and all your wonderful blog posts as well. Cheers –Ellen


  9. Shen
    September 13, 2019 @ 7:28 pm

    Well Aiiyah is going to give you a run-for-the-money as an award winning blogger Gerda! I can’t believe how darling and loving her post is. Aliyah, you are an up and coming talent, that’s for certain. Love to all of you from Shen


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