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.