55 years later (March 2008) Emily holds her second, newborn Grandson!
Emily grew up in a Christian Sesotho home, and her mum did a very good job of single-parenting. I don't think Emily has any high school education; she can barely write or read, but she speaks English, Afrikaans and Sesotho fluently.
Mid-2002 my renovations and extension to my home had just been completed and I, sans house-help, was trying to remove the last of the tile-grout from the floors and windows. Emily arrived at my door and asked if I had work for her. I told her to come in, and the rest is history...
Emily has an amazing sense of integrity and responsibility. She is incredibly neat and tidy on her person and in her work. (My husband who fetches her from the township in the morning, says he can pick her out amongst the other ladies; by far the smartest lady of the working set!) Her own home is a dream, albeit mostly filled with appliances, ornaments and soft furnishings from my home when I refurbished!
My friends and family marvel that I lived many thousands of miles away in another country, yet Emily continued to manage my household beautifully for me in that time. When we came out on break every five months, the bedding was fresh and clean, the house was sparkling and the cupboards and fridges were well -stocked. When hubby and I go away on holiday now, Emily comes in to feed the animals. Arriving home after a long motorbike trip, we're always greeted with a cool, clean house and happy pets.
I have shown Emily this post while I type it: she loves the photos! Albertina who is literate has told her (in short) that it is a tribute to her; Emily has given me permission to post it!
While Emily is an employee of mine, she has become close family. When she goes on pension in four years' time, she will still be welcome in my home for a chat and a cup of tea at any time.
Ke a leboha Emily! (Thank you Emily)