The Eldest

Photo: Elise du Toit Photography

She is a working girl! She is also married. She is now a mother herself!

I am so proud of her!


It is crazy that she has grown up so quickly. I have first-hand experience! (Yes, I am the older mom!) I do remember that a friend of mine, whose daughter is five days older than The Student, used to say that we did not want the two girls to grow older than they were at any of their growing up phases. But it went by in lightning speed, even if we tried to put on the brakes. She was a cute cutie, and now she is a beautiful lady.

She has spread her wings. We had a wedding in 2018, and the couple is settled already, with 4 dogs in the mix! They now have a cute daughter who is absolutely a joy in our lives! 

I remember my daughter with her thumb. She refused to take a bottle when I had to go back to work. At four months I was forced to take her off the breast to get her to drink a bottle. She started to suck her thumb after that, and it was only at ten years of age when she had to get braces that she stopped sucking her thumb. A GOOD reason why they should not suck their thumbs, but unfortunately it is not something that you can take away such as a dummy!

The thumb also came with the blanket. My mom bought a white blanket with a blue teddy bear imprint on the blanket, and she took a liking to it from the start. She used to take the blanket everywhere, and worked her thumb through a hole in the blanket to suck it. It was a very big blanket, and she used to drag it behind her. When I had to wash the blanket, I had to promise her to put it back in her hand the same evening, which I always did. The blanket was far from white, and it was torn when she finally gave it to her dog after she stopped sucking her thumb. It was at 10 years of age. (Horrors! I know!) She had to get braces very early, but when High School started, she was finished with it already!

With hindsight: I should have worried less about the thumb and the blanket! The braces sorted out the skew teeth and peer pressure prevented her from taking the blanket to school. (Smile)

Today she is a beautiful lady, and we still remind her with fondness about the thumb and her blanky!

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