How my mum got me to stop breaking Oma’s cigarettes…

en nu diep inademen 200dpi

I’ve been working on a graphic novel telling my mum’s story. At the moment I am letting memories flow and eventually I will put them together. I realised this story is not just about my mum’s illness and her choice to end her life by means of Euthanasia. It is also about my relationship with her. Her illness is closely linked with my history with depression. It is a story of pure love and emotional chaos.

But it is not all serious! My mum was a wonderful, warm-heated and passionate woman…with her own special way of dealing with toddler problems; I used to break my grandmother’s cigarettes, which were always in a glass jar on her table. To be fair, it must feel incredibly satisfying to break a cigarette, I can just imagine it now…and I always like to think that in my innocence I was trying to tell my Oma that this was an unhealthy habit and she should just stop it 😉

One day my mum told me to put one of the cigarettes in my mouth and she lit it, instructing me to inhale deeply. “En nu heel diep inademen.”

She’d told me that for a moment she feared she’d actually killed me but luckily I managed to breathe again…eventually!

I’ve never touched a cigarette since. I never even smoked, though there were other factors that played a part in my teenage years why I didn’t choose to smoke. Still, being nearly choked to death by cigarette smoke undoubtedly played a big part!

The joys of 1970’s parenting! 😉

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E17 Art Trail: upcoming exhibition

I’m very exited to be part of the E17 Art Trail this year!

Alongside Suzi Jerrold and Lee-Ann Adendorff I will show my art work…and in turn stroll through my neighbourhood to admire the artwork of other E17-ers!

Please come visit us! Information below:

Address: 58 Rensburg Road, E17 7HN

Opening times:

Sat 3rd June: 10.00 – 19.00
Sun 4th June: 10.00 – 19.00
Mon 5th June: 15.00 – 19.00
Sat 10th June: 10.00 – 19.00
Sun 11th June: 10.00 – 19.00
Mon 12th June: 15.00 – 19.00
Sat 17th June: 10.00 – 19.00
Sun 18th June: 10.00 – 19.00