Back to Rufus Rufus Visits the Opperman Family

Hanno Opperman, Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa
Hanno is ten years old and was diagnosed at the age of two

3rd September - 15th September 2003

When Rufus arrived we were quite surprised that he spoke Afrikaans fluently. Well, after exchanging stuff like "how are you" and "how was your trip," Rufus was told that it was impossible for him to go to school with Hanno, or anywhere else for that matter. Big boys just don't hang around with teddy bears, not even famous ones. Rufus understood perfectly well and didn't mind at all to stay at home and have a little rest from all the hustle and bustle he has been subjected to.

Hanno is a member of a support group, the Paarl Young Diabetics. He gave Rufus a group badge and taught him the group's jingle in both Afrikaans and English.

Daai ding-ingeling.
Daai diabetes ding.
Is hy 'n monster?
Is hy 'n muis?
Ken ek hom,
wen ek hom.
Word die monster
dan 'n muis!
  That thing-a-majing.
That diabetes thing.
Is it a monster?
Is it a mouse?
Knowing it
is showing it
that the monster
is a mouse!

Well, Rufus, we sincerely wish you well. May you carry on warming the hearts of young diabetics all over the world. And do remember teaching them that diabetes is no monster. Knowledge of it reduces it to a mere mouse.

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Rufus and Ruby, the bears with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus and Ruby. The graphics of Rufus are from Rufus Come Home, written by Kim Gosselin and illustrated by Terry Ravenelli, and are used by permission of the author.

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