**** UPDATE 10 December 2013 ****
… The last few days have been dark .. really dark …
This past week saw the passing of former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, although expected, it still hit us all so very hard. I’ve seen the last few days the nation of South Africa, black, white, coloured, Indian, etc living beyond this pathetic barrier we pose upon ourselves. Interacting with one another with genuine smiles, all grieving for Tata Madiba their “father” .
It’s been really impressionable…
On Saturday we heard of the passing of a legendary South African boxing champion “Baby Jakes” Jacob Matlala. He has been ill for a few months now, still it’s been a hard weekend for the South African population … for the world.
It’s been a heavy weekend … week for that matter….
I was in Maputo, Mozambique for a few days last week, while there hubby and I spent some time on FaceTime and introduced JJ to the whole concept. He clearly was enjoying the experience. Kept trying to reach into the screen to touch me, couldn’t stop smiling throughout. The experience had some positive spinoffs considering the last time I went away on business JJ wanted nothing to do with me upon my return .. this time round I was met by a huge smile and shrieks of laughter when he saw my face. Just another special moment for me to treasure!
Saturday morning started like most of our others … only this time our nanny let us know that she wasn’t coming in. We could have been upset about it, but why… we decided to make the most of the quality time we would be spending with our son. It was all very uneventful, no major plans. We did decide to go to the local Papachino’s chain of child friendly restaurants in Morningside for some lunch. JJ clearly loved it, he was crawling all over the place! Took him into the play area and he was interacting amazingly with all the other kids .. alas all so much older than him 🙂 The evening was really uneventful, I backed another Orange Cake . It’s a really easy and quick recipe and seems to really be flop proof! We all love recipes like these don’t we 🙂
Sunday morning started early, JJ had been invited to a Ruben’s birthday party a while back and the day had finally arrived….
The venue changed a few times .. ok once, from the Zoo where it was actually originally scheduled. I think it was a far better choice. Ruben’s first birthday party was held at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens our in the Westrand of Gauteng. We got to watch JJ crawl all over the gardens, wave hello at total strangers and learn that JJ really has a love for Popcorn!
He polished all the popcorn we were feeding him and more! I was really great to see him and Ruben interact in their baby way and get along. Ruben had his whole family, mom’s side, and a few odd friends at the party. The third muskateer, Jordan, couldn’t make it as his grandfather had been taken ill during the week.
A brief visit to the waterfalls in the gardens, and a distant viewing of the baby eagle way up top of the waterfalls was the highlight of the morning for us all. Definately a place we will return to in the near future.
From the gardens, we decided to drive past Nelson Mandela’s home before we headed on home for the day. Arriving at his street, it was full of cars. Clearly we were not the only ones with the same idea. There were cops everywhere, and we had to walk right around the block to get to the section that had been cordoned off for the public to pay their last respects to Madiba! As we walked over to the venue we walked past the author of a blog I regularly read and follow The Blessed Barenness. She was there with her family doing exactly the same thing we were. Felt kinda good weird walking past someone I only know in my cyber world and who knows jack about my existence! 🙂 After walking for what seemed like kilometres we finally arrived to this wall of people paying their last respects to Madiba
Eventually we made it home, where JJ and I had a bit of a nap as he hadn’t snoozed all day. I needed to regain my energies before starting of supper for us all. A leisurely walk around the complex before bathing JJ saw our rather active weekend come to an end beautifully. Hubby and I were ready to start the new week and make a success of it!
Have a great week!