Monday, November 16, 2009

Only in Africa

     Greetings from South Africa.
     Today I thought I'd give you a taste of Africa to whet your appetite for novels set in this beautiful continent.
     I'm writing a Christian cozy mystery, Polka Dot Feathers, which has a South African background, so I'm always on the lookout for interesting characters and situations that could be found only in Africa.
     Recently my husband was admitted to hospital for surgery on his feet. He went to the bed allocated to him, drew the curtains and changed into one of those stylish gowns with ties at the back that our hospitals issue. It was only for a couple of hours, so he donned it without protest, but he balked when it came to the voluminous pair of bloomers compulsory for surgical procedures- were they designed with Suma wrestlers in mind? He decided his own cotton briefs were much more suitable. He placed the bloomers in all their glory on the table that straddled the end of the bed and I opened the curtains.
      The ward sister waltzed in to see if all was in order. She snatched up the bloomers and said, "You're not wearing your G-string."
     Our mouths dropped as she plonked the “G-string” on her head. Then she stuck out her bottom denture and danced round accompanied by the laughter of all in the ward. As the finale she placed the bloomers back on the table and drew the curtains with a flourish.
     My husband and I looked at each other. Now what? Was he expected to wear the bloomers after they'd been part of the dance routine?
     "Are you ready?" enquired our dancer.
     I peeped out of the curtains. "There's no ways he's wearing this pair. Bring him a new pair and he'll put them on.”
     So she did and he did.
     What a way to prepare a patient for theatre. What a wonderful character. Only in Africa would this happen.
      If you would like to see our nurse in one of my future books, please suggest a name for her in the comment section at the end of this blog, and I’ll include her in my cast of characters in a future book.
     Thank you for visiting our new blog and please drop by again.

     Ruth Ann Dell writes from her home in a sunny South African suburb. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and desires to write gripping stories which draw readers into a closer relationship with God.
     Ruth Ann and her husband have also lived in England and Rhodesia. They are renovating a cottage in the heart of Ireland.
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  1. Way to go Ruth. It's come out well, and I love the picture you create. As you said, "Only in Africa!"

  2. What a story. I think her name should be Joy since she is obviously full of joy.

  3. Ruth
    Thanks for a great laugh. I think your character should be called Blossom, and for a real authentic SA flavour to the name ... Blommie.

  4. Ruth, LOL at your hospital story :-) Thanks for sharing a taste of Africa with us.

  5. What a great story! I'm glad your husband (and you) survived laughing. For the nurse, how about Frankie? (from Frances)? She sounds spunky!

  6. Shirl- thank you for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed my story
    Linda- thank you Linda, that's a good suggestion, Joy suits her personality
    Marion- thank you for your suggestion too, Blommie also suits her
    Narelle-thank you for your comment and for popping in
    Amy-I love your suggestion too, thank you. It's going to be hard to choose her name.
    God bless

    Ruth Ann

  7. LOL---what a great post. I think I can 'see' Africa a little better from your story. And that's the point, isn't it? Still laughing.