Parkway Chateau residents gather for Praise Names of Reuling: A Zulu Song
Edna Wade, 87, has spent much of her life immersed in thousands of letters her parents wrote to family and friends while they worked at a teacher training college for black students in South Africa.
The treasured tales and priceless anecdotes included in these letters have always brought great joy to Edna, which is why she decided it was time to share them with others in a self-published book, Praise Names of Reuling: A Zulu Song. Now, Edna’s family’s story will find its way into the hands and hearts of her own grandchildren and many other future generations.
Fellow residents at Parkway Chateau were anxious to celebrate Edna’s impressive accomplishment and learn more about her family’s time spent in South Africa. So, in January, 35 residents gathered in the atrium of Parkway Chateau for Edna’s book release party.
Edna read excerpts from her book, autographed copies, and shared artifacts from South Africa. She also reminisced about her childhood memories and answered many questions, such as, “did Edna learn to speak Zulu?” As a matter of fact, yes, she did learn to speak Zulu! And while she may have forgotten most of what she learned, she did speak a few simple words for the crowd.
Praise Names of Reuling: A Zulu Song will be available for purchase at Village Books in Bellingham, a local book store near the senior living community.