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Learning to Speak

By Calene Kruger

When I had my first child I yearned for her to speak.

“Say mama,” I’d prompt. “Say dada if you have to, but speak!”

Then she did. “Mama! Mama!”

Twenty-five years later she hasn’t stopped yet.

Modified now to ‘Mommia’, I hear her even in my dreams.

When I wished for her to speak, I didn’t realise that her first word would be what I became.

Calene is a drama teacher and a long-standing member of one of the writers’ circles. Her work is always spontaneous and razor-sharp. This powerful little example was the result of a five-minute exercise.


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