is what matters, a lot!
The parcel has something quirky, something typical of home, something practical, something to read, something for his Japanese girlfriend, something super stylish (who can beat Italian style?).
Packaged carefully, in quirky wrapping paper, with the gift for his grilfiend wrapped in stylish paper and decorated with three bands of gold ribbon.
The card has an embroidered Baobab tree, which symbolises his deep roots here with his family.
was my grandmother’s birthday.
I did not like her much, but do acknowledge that a certain feistiness is characteristic of the family.
She was not very kind to my mother, and I perceived that from a very early age.
Still, I remember her every year on her birthday.
to meet my daughter’s friend at the airport, as she was in transit between the UK and the Eastern Cape.
She was anxious about her dog, also in transit.
We spent time chatting over tea, and she then left to catch her flight.
Could ill afford the time, but a necessary and pleasant task.
my family being safe and remaining safe.
I am grateful that my son emerged physically unscathed from a violent and dangerous situation that could have had a very different outcome.