Kinders van die Wind

7 years 6 months on …

Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental: Deuce

This morning I woke up to the sounds of Laurika Rauch’s song Kinders van die Wind (“Children of the Wind”). Lance du Plessis, my radio interviewer, was broadcasting from the KKNK Fees (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) in Oudtshoorn.


It brought back many memories.

In 1981, my last year in Stellenbosch, and my Prim year at Helshoogte, Laurika had supper with us one Sunday evening in the res eetsaal. Against the university rules “No alchohol allowed in University residences” we went and bought red wine directly from the farm Oude Libertas for the evening meal!


After all, I was the Prim and having Laurika to supper was something special for the house. Maybe singing on Sunday nights was also against the rules – I can’t remember! Playing tennis on Sundays was definitely a No-No!

Those were 6 years of good memories from Stellenbosch.

The following year, 1982, I was the nothing, just a troepie doing my two year’s National Service at the Infantry School in Oudtshoorn.


Those were 2 years of bad memories from Oudtshoorn (and later Youngs Field Wynberg and 1 SAKK Bataljon, Eersterivier).

Tonight, Sunday night, Laurika is singing at the KKNK 20th Anniversary Celebrations in Oudtshoorn. 

Ek ken ‘n ou, ou liedjie, van lewenswel en wee

Van lank-vergane skepe in die kelders van die see.

Swerwers sonder rigting Soekers wat nooit vind