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  1. Rieks Stadler
    November 16, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

    Oh my word Gerda, that was abso-bloomin-lutely wonderful. Great to hear of the family from you. We had such a wonderful surprise last Sunday when Sonja Skyped and we saw Kyla and Martin as well. Strongs for you andPeter. Much love, Rieks.


    • Gerda Saunders
      November 16, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Rieksie. I am so glad that I found a way to put a little bit of your family on my blog! After learning more about Sonja in my and Ingrid’s correspondence, I wish I could know her better! How lovely that she skyped and you could see the family. Kyla is about 2 now, isn’t she? The photos that Ingrid sends show her to be so lovely. Can’t remember now if you have met Kyla in the flesh–I can just imagine her fat little arms and legs and the feel of her baby skin! If you have and you have any photos, I’d love to have them. Also, if you have any impressions of Edith when you met her, I’d love to hear them. INgrid suggested that I ask you. (YOu can send it in e-mail, if you do.) Have a lovely weekend! xoxox


  2. Ingrid Schmidt
    November 16, 2017 @ 3:26 pm

    I wanted to be the first to leave a reply but Ria (Rieks) you beat me to it!

    The process of collaborating with Gerda has been nothing less than “cathartic” as I have tried to process the events of my mother’s life in order to understand my own and all the generational baggage that I have inherited and passed on, whether deliberately or subconsciously. Gerda, your choice of the Klimt image is inspired as I have spent some time exploring the triple goddess archetype of maiden, mother and crone.

    Your choice of video footage showing South Africa in 1985 is very sobering and reminds me how intense the situation was and why I needed to go.

    Thanks so much for your loving support. I look forward to the next installment.


    • Gerda Saunders
      November 16, 2017 @ 3:54 pm

      Thanks for your very kind comments, Ingrid. I believe in storytelling as catharsis–and therapy! I came upon the Klimt image and immediately wondered how I could use it in Edith’s story–I love it that it’s original title is in German. I will get on to the next episode as soon as I can. Not much chance over the weekend–Peter and I are taking care of Kanye and Aliya on Friday through Saturday afternoon, then Marissa and Adam will take over. Newton and Cheryl arranged a weekend for two! All the very best to you and Ted and the other people in your family.


  3. Rieks Stadler
    November 19, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

    Hi Gerda, Ek het vroëer vandag probeer om vir jou en Peter foto’s te stuur van die twee agter klein kinders – Kyla en Logan. Maar dit het nie deurgegaan nie, blykbaar word dit ge”block” omdat dit dalk ‘n gogga kan wees. Nou weet ek nie, het toe vir Peter ‘n e-pos gestuur, maar nog niks gehoor nie.


    • Gerda Saunders
      November 20, 2017 @ 10:37 am

      Ons het toe die een foto gekry, Rieks, maar nie die aan van Kyla nie. Hoop alles gaan goed!


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