When you don’t find me here, I will be gone.”

That’s the way our favourite restaurateur speaks. Slightly cryptic, more than a little poetic. The havoc of his cancer is becoming increasingly evident. He’s long been hinting at returning toThailand; I expect he’d like to get his young Thai wife back to the country of her birth and set her up in a little business before he dies. He spins whimsical tales of us visiting him in a hotel he plans to build. We try our best to be enthusiastic about his plans, but tears spill into the dish he makes for me and me alone. It is not on the menu here, but – he tells me – it will appear on the menu at the new place. He will call it Cindy’s Jungle Dance.


43 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Sad news. A nice tribute.

  2. linda says:

    That’s sad. Very very sad. So sorry.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not easy to accept 😦

  3. Heart breaking and special.
    🙂 Mandy

  4. nrhatch says:

    Sad. Sorry, Cin. 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m trying to accept that ‘life’s like that’ …

  5. Very special person, trying not to make you cry, but not succeeding.

    1. theonlycin says:

      He really is a larger than life character.

  6. You write beautifully about him, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Kate.

  7. souldipper says:

    Some people are just simply heroes. Thank goodness you recognized one.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, he is a hero 🙂

  8. Tilly Bud says:

    That’s so sad yet heart warming. He sounds like a wonderful man.

  9. Liane says:

    People and stories like this one holds very close for always. It’s sad, it’s real, it’s human, it’s precious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Life is not for sissies.

  10. earlybird says:

    Nice post. I hope he makes it back ‘home’. What sort of curry does he make you?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Prawns in a kick-ass red sauce 🙂

      1. earlybird says:


      2. theonlycin says:

        I’m begging him for the recipe 🙂

  11. nursemyra says:

    I’m very sorry about your friend

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Myra.

  12. SuziCate says:

    Cindy’s Jungle Dance – I love it!

  13. I like curry. Your special curry looks delicious.

    Time in this body for all of us is temporary, but knowing death may be imminent for someone we love makes it hurt more. I’m not good with losses. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank Carol, I don’t do loss well either. xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is, Charlie, very.

  14. Mmmm, hurts to watch life play out sometimes doesn’t it. Nice tribute Cindy 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Cheffie, we roll with life’s punches.

  15. Napier says:

    So sad to read 😦
    sorry Cin

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Napes xxx

  16. Jamie Dedes says:

    Sad news. People walk in and out of our lives and not because they have a choice. They do stay in our hearts though and we in theirs.

  17. BB says:

    What a beautiful tribute – not that which is black on white – but that which can be read between the lines… Love your writing!

  18. I have watched my granparents both suffer through cancer, and as heart wrenching as it was, i appreciate the time we had to say good bye. Perhaps those moments are actually blessings.

  19. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    Ag dis sad :0(
    Nice tribute though.

  20. so sad, he had been a joburg feature for so long. and sadder for the young wife

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