Reunion in Cape Town
Kellie and I finished the term with Parents Day at school. It was amazing to meet all of the kids families and their caretakers. We discussed education and the issues that are holding some of the children back from performing at their full potential. We also elected two parents to the Three2Six Steering committee and these parents will be helping to direct the guide the project in the right direction. They represent all Three2Six guardians.
Over all the day was a success, our guardians were proud of the children's efforts and happy with the reports. Kellie, Linn and I spent the afternoon posing for photos with the kids all the guardians wanted to have memories of us with their children. We are all honored. The only downfall was having one Mother who has caused us quite a bit of grief already this year, abuse the three of us because we refused to beat her child at school, pour cold water on their heads to wake them up or hit them with inanimate objects. This particular mother really disappointed us as she played the 'race card' and blamed her faults on the account of us being white and weak. To be honest, it was laughable, but these are the things we must deal with on a regular basis. Domestic violence is a massive issue within our community and it will continue to be for many years to come.
Kellie and I have now flown to Cape Town for a most needed break. The city life is becoming hectic and the first term was seriously difficult. Cape Town is absolutely breathtaking and we consider moving here later on in our lives. It is #1 on my most beautiful cities list. Just, stunning. The photographs do not do it justice.
V&A Waterfront / Cape Town
Oh, did I mention that I was reunited with my parents!?
We celebrated Dad's birthday by going to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27 year jail time. We were lead by an Ex Political Prisoner named 'Ntando Mbatha, serving four years on Robben Island for leaving and re entering the country 'illegally', in actuality he was fighting Apartheid and arrested after military training. I know not the strength that one must have to relive such a harsh reality day in day out, but he is most definitely a wonderful man with an amazing story to tell.
Sad that so many people on our tour showed such disrespect during his shared experience, sad that some used their trip as a spectacle to take selfies in Nelson Mandela's cell, selfies climbing on the beds of those who lived in the different cells with big smiles on their faces. 'Disrespect' is obviously a global movement.
Here are some photographs from inside the jail at Robben Island, Mandela's cell and the surroundings.
Upon return we were provided with a beautiful site. Cape Town at a distance.
We ended the day with a lovely dinner at 'The Greek Fisherman', overlooking the waterfront. A few drinks, a great catch up and some wonderful laughs, I am honored to have these two as my beautiful parents.
Tomorrow's blog is about our fishing trip and maybe a nice beard update for you all.
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