Serenading the Ghosts
I was born Hester Magdalena Schutte, called Magdel by my Afrikaans family, and grew up in a small town in central South Africa, called Nelspruit. When I started my first job in the Reserve Bank of South Africa after school, I worked with a bunch of English girls and they just couldn’t get their tongues around ‘Magdel’ and started calling me Maggie. Now only my mother still calls me Magdel and when she does, I look around to see who she is talking to. I am Maggie or Mags to everybody else who knows me.
I met my husband in hospital, of all places. It was the classic romance tale, he the patient and I the nurse. We have been married many years now ( 30 plus, but don’t ask how many the plus stand for). We have three kids and have been blessed with two grandchildren…
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