Ouma + Loneliness

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Because “what’s past is prologue”:

This is a photo of Ouma’s late husband, Harry. It was taken on her honeymoon in 1947.

Harry passed away in 1986. A few months ago, I asked her why she never tried dating after he passed away.

Me: … how come you never tried to find anyone after Oupa died?

Ouma: I had such a lot going on, then. I was 65. I had two sons to worry about.

Me: What about when you were 70? 80?

Ouma: It never seemed necessary.

Me: I mean… didn’t you ever want someone to hold you?

Ouma: No. What do I need someone to hold me for? I hold myself.

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