Saturday, September 26, 2009

In 1996, when Mum was still a tobacco farmer in Raffingora, two little kittens were born in the linen cupboard in her house on the farm. Spot and Ginger soon took over the house and made it their playground. As the years went by and they watched Mum walk to the barns to check the Tobacco curing at night, they slowly became brave enough to wonder down to the barns with her on her daily rounds. They loved each other dearly and were inseparable. In 2002 when Mum was forcibly removed from her farm and had to leave with only the clothes she was wearing and the truck she was driving, the cats as well as all the other animals had to stay behind. For months Mum tried to get back to her farm but eventually realised that it was not going to be possible and so she settled into a little house in Harare where she went about trying to build a life again. She started from scratch again...pots, pans, plates, linen, furniture...all these things had to be found and put into her new home. On many occasions Mum would think...ok, I have got....and then remember...

As soon as she was able to do so, Mum arranged for a friend to go onto her farm and rescue her dogs and cats.....Le Chat had gone bush and was not to be found, but Spot, Ginger, and Mouse were still roaming around the house, where some staff were trying to keep them fed. The four dogs too, were foraging and were found and loaded onto the truck for trans-location to their new home in the suburbs of Harare.

Mum says she will be back... its a long story.
Lots of love


  1. Hey there, my friend!
    This is the first true insight you have given us of your life...thank you soooo much for sharing this!!! It is important for the world to know how normal human beings respond to such difficulties despite the fact that it's agonising to hear!
    There definitely is a big story to tell.
    Lots and lots of licks

  2. Hello Musole:

    I know little of your African story but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Its hard to imagine being booted out of your home with none of your precious things to take along. I am happy that you got some of your animals back, and please yes, tell us more of the story. It seems to me that until the tales are told, nothing with change.

    Stella and her Mom

  3. What a lovely kitty.
    We know how much things have changed in Zimbabwe; a living nightmare for so many people. We'd love to hear more - even though as Max said, it's agonizing. People need to know. I fear much of the same is happening in Max's country.
    Tail wags,

  4. Hello Musole,

    I appreciate that you told us such intimate parts of your life.

    It is not much, but I am so very sorry. Non of thoses things should every have happened to your Mum. It is so very wrong. I just don't understand how such horrors can happen.

    My Mommy and I will keep you in our prayers and thoughts.

    Hugs, Tessa

  5. We will be thinking of you and keeping you and yours close to our heart in prayer and tenderness.

  6. Thank you for sharing this. It means a lot to us. And we hope that someday you'll want to share more. It makes our lives richer to know the realities of the lives of others. In many ways it's a huge world. In other ways it's very small. We all love. That's one thing that binds us.

    Jake and Fergi xxoo