I first got to know ‘Mom Debbie’ when I was in Form 1 at Ribane-Laka Secondary School in 1970. She was my Northern Sotho teacher, a young teacher completely in love with her husband in whom she found a spiritual and intellectual counterpart. She has been part of my life from our years at Ribane-Laka Secondary School.
It was the morning of 21st January 2021. As my phone rang, I found myself
optimistic and quite excited to receive a positive update on your health. Instead, I got news that broke me! Everything around me consumed by complete darkness!
The message on the other end of the phone said You didn’t make it!!!
What went wrong? How did it happen? Why did you go away? Why didn’t you win that struggle with death? How do I say good-bye to someone who has been an integral part of my life for over 50 years?
These and many other unanswered questions storm my mind, as uncontrollable tears roll down my cheeks.
You have no idea, Mom Debbie, what losing you did to my heart. It tore a piece of my soul right out of my chest. Tears just flow when I look at your pictures.
Mom Debbie, how I wish I could talk to you and hear your voice. How I wish I could hold your hand and make you laugh again. I miss your smile and your gentle voice. My thoughts are consumed by you every single morning when I wake up and you are in my final thoughts every night as I drift asleep. This empty feeling is taking its toll on me. I wish I had half of your strength to help me get through this. I just wanted to reiterate your impact on me. It is said Some people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
You were a rare gem. A very resilient woman with strong ethics. You never lost your natural kindness or the moral compass that set your priorities. You are irreplaceable!
It hurts that you are gone but what consoles me is the following quotation, “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart”. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Love you always