See this: An unexpected blessing from an unknown person via an email remembering the past. (Unlike the one that said, “If Glenda Kemp can be saved, then anyone can be saved.” Then again, maybe there is truth in both these emails.)
Thank you, Elaine.
Via one of those amazing Facebook connections that keep happening, I came across an old photo of you and people reminiscing about your role in SA society of the 1970s, and then this blog, and what you are doing with your life now.
I am Jewish, and as you might expect, I differ with you on some points, but I recognize the great love and passion that you bring to your writing, and you write very beautifully. What I wanted to say is that I’m not at all surprised – as some people have been – by your deep faith. We met in 1973, I think. I interviewed you for The Cape Times, on board a helicopter, as you headed off to entertain men working on a big project on the west coast. The men on board left us in peace, keeping their distance from Oupa in his basket, and we had the most wonderful discussion. I came with preconceptions about a striptease dancer, and you undid them all. You compared the wide-eyed enjoyment of the men in your audience with the kids in your classes, and you talked of sending them home eager to see their wives – and watching the show, that’s just how it seemed. I’ve never seen another stripper in action, but I doubt if many of them perform with as simple and open and good-hearted a spirit as you did. If that movie you mentioned gets made, I hope that comes across. Clearly, the years have brought wisdom and new values, but it seems to me like a natural progression.
I’m still a journalist, living in New Jersey with my American and our laat-lammetjie 17-year-old son. I’ve met and written about many wonderful people over the years, but meeting you still stands out as one of the most enjoyable and mind-opening of my interviews. I congratulate you on what you’re doing – in all aspects of your life – and I wish you great ongoing success and satisfaction.
Elaine Durbach Norstein