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  1. Hanli Buber
    October 31, 2023 @ 7:08 am

    Ek love jou post so baie, liewe Gerda. Julle pragtige love story, ‘n paar ander interessante life stories, and the certain comfort of oblivion/extinction.
    My gunsteling line: ‘Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties’ 💗 (my ge-taalmix roep ons maar Afriglish)


    • Gerda Saunders
      November 13, 2023 @ 5:52 pm

      My liewe Hanli, altyd so kosbaar om van jou te hoor. Ek is bly jy kry iets uit my skrywe wat deesdae so hinke-pink kom! Ek is ook mal oor die “hourglas.” En nou het ek a nuwe woord geleer_Afriglish! Mens kan nie anders praat as jy in SA grootgeword het nie. Toe ons saam met ons kinders en hulle families in SA gekuier het baie jare terug, het ek probeer Engels praat sodat die skoonfamilie kan verstaan. Maar ek–en my vriende en familie daar–kon dit nie regkry nie.Mooibly, en gee ‘n lief-drukkie aan jou wonderlike ouma van my.


  2. Joyce
    October 31, 2023 @ 9:06 am

    “ Time held me green and dying
    Though I sang in my chains like the sea”

    Dylan Thomas


    • Gerda Saunders
      November 13, 2023 @ 5:53 pm

      Thanks for the additional lines–I don’t know his poetry well, and I might never have stopped over these lines had it not been for you. My warmest good wishes go out to you.


  3. Joan Wright
    October 31, 2023 @ 10:07 am

    I enjoyed reading this post immensely. You are beyond blessed to have had such a long and happy marriage. I miss my beautiful Derek’s great deal but in life I loved him and in death I still love him. I often told him Derek you are the best thing I ever found in my life and I still feel like that. True love is indeed very precious and special.
    Love you lots and lots Peter and Gerda.


    • Gerda Saunders
      November 13, 2023 @ 5:57 pm

      My dearest JOan, how kind of you to write such a nice comment. I do feel my blessings in me and Peter still being together after all these years. You and Derek had such a beautiful relationship and I can only faintly imagine how you must miss him. We are the lucky ones, to have such marriages to live and remember. You are very special to me. I wish you and your kids and grandson the very best of everything. HOw big he must be by now! My grandkids are teenagers and an almost-teen. I am grateful for them–and know that your kids adore you and take care of your emotional needs too.


  4. shen
    November 4, 2023 @ 6:51 pm

    xoxoxoxo, Shen


    • Gerda Saunders
      November 13, 2023 @ 5:45 pm

      Thanks so much, my dearest Friend, for always reading my stuff. Looking forward to seeing you soon–that is, if you haven’t left on a trip I’d forgotten about! Love you


  5. Hilary THOMPSON
    November 14, 2023 @ 6:27 am

    My dearest Gerda. I have tears. You are such a gifted writer but more than that, you are a magical being with such a radiant soul.

    A few weeks ago I led a group of 50 kids in an egg drop. Memories flooded my mind of Marissa’s birthday party, in your home where love was always peppered with science. Constructing those wild egg cages and dropping them off your porch with such excitement (“will it break??!!”) has been burned into my memory forever.

    I cannot adequately express my appreciation, my heartsong that sings and simultaneously weeps at your writing. I miss you.

    I have moved to the country where cows outnumber people and there are no stoplights. I think of you often. I will try to reach Marissa again. Blessings to you on this bumpy road. Much love -Hilary


    • Gerda Saunders
      November 30, 2023 @ 12:01 pm

      Your comment means so much to me. Since I wrote you the e-mail and got your address, I’ve not been able to get to sending you the book. I have been delayed by some exciting and some hard things. But I will get back to you. Hope your family are having a bucolic time in your beautiful farm environment! Love you, Gerda


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