The Magic will live on

06 Dec

Today, I have no words. I am blinking back the tears. But I am also smiling through my tears.
Rest in peace, Tata Madiba. We will miss you, but we will never forget you.


I have been blinking back the tears a lot in the last couple of weeks. Ever since our dear Madiba was admitted to hospital, for a recurring lung infection, in the early morning hours on Sunday, 9 June 2013.

He is an old man now. On the 18th of July, he will be 95 years old. If he lives until that day. Last night the presidency issued a statement to say that his condition is critical. This, from the same source that told us he was doing better and responding well to treatment, a few days earlier.

He has clearly reached the end of the road. His long walk to freedom is a symbol of our democracy. Now that he has reached the end of the road, we don’t want to let him go. But he is an old man, who has lived a rich and full life. It is…

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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in About me


4 responses to “The Magic will live on

  1. Erich Meyer

    December 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    A truly great man of our time, it certainly reflects poorly on the people who locked him away for a couple of decades. Tears are welling in my eyes now, that I’m thinking of him, I must be a softy. Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela, the world is just so much poorer for your passing.

    • Justcallmegertie

      December 8, 2013 at 7:37 am

      If people are softies for shedding tears over Nelson Mandela, then there are lots of softies in South Africa at the moment…:-).
      Thanks for the comment

  2. Kathryn McCullough

    December 8, 2013 at 1:07 am

    It’s been so sad since Mandela died, even for me at this great distance. I can’t imagine what it must be like for you all in SA! What a great man!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Justcallmegertie

      December 8, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Hi Kathy
      It has indeed been a very sad time. But also a time of celebration, if that makes any sense? Somehow, the passing of Mandela has managed to reunite people in this country.
      I am planning to do a city tour today, and maybe will try and take some pictures to illustrate the mood. if any comes out nicely, I will post them.
      Have a lovely Sunday!


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