Contemplating the incomprehensible

A friend and I had a conversation at the market this morning.  Little did we know that exactly what were discussing – and fearing – she more than I – had come to pass.


My heart aches for her:  the burden she has carried over the last few years and, particularly over the last few months.

Mental illness is invisible.  Mental illness is insidious and doesn’t only affect the sufferer.  It affects all people who care for the person who has it, espcially those who are closest to him or her.

Today is World Mental Health day, and a very talented person ended his battle with his disease today.

He created beautiful things with his hands. He was passionate about his craft.

My friend shares that passion.  Mental illness has robbed her of the person with whom she was going to grow old.  With whom she also created beautiful and functional ceramics and recipes.

Paul de Jongh is on our table – often.  We drink coffee from his mugs, and sup many meals from his bowls.

I trust he is now at peace.  I wish Nina and the children, especially Nina, peace and strength as they face a different chapter.

Until next time, be well
The Sandbag House
McGregor, South Africa

Photo: Selma

Post Script

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