Sunday 21 August 2011: 4 years 11 months on … Advantage ED
Maureen McGovern sings the song “There’s got to be a morning after”. It is the theme song of the movie POSEIDON ADVENTURE.
This morning was the “morning after” a very long and busy and wonderful two weeks!
I woke at nine to find a BBM message on my Blackberry. It was from an ex-pupil of mine, Dr Konrad van Staden, firming up a rather loose arrangement to “have brunch together on Sunday morning”.
The “winter” weather was still magnificent, so brunch was on! He suggested nine thirty at Tiffany’s on the beach front.
Good idea – except for the nine thirty!
It would take me at least an hour to “defrost”, shower and make myself look pretty. I certainly didn’t feel pretty – not after the Bokke’s win over the All Blacks last night.
I messaged back and suggested ten thirty as a hopeful alternative.
Going once, going twice, sold to the gentleman receiving the message on the other side.
So a “quick” (in my terms) shower, dress, two of my yellow pot o’gold Carbolev tablets, a cup of coffee and I was on my way to the beachfront. (Pera was going to a 21st, Sean was at the NSRI doing weekend duty and Phillip was still sleeping!)
Passing the Garden Court I saw a bit of a commotion – people all over, police vehicles, flashing lights. For a moment I wondered who had bashed/robbed/shot who, but then I saw the big green and gold bus with the word SPRINGBOKS emblazoned over it.
The current World rugby champions and the victors of last night’s Battle at the Boet – sorry, Massacre at the Madiba – were just leaving their hotel and I guess making their way to the airport. The onlookers and autograph hunters were there in their droves. Well done chaps on beating the All Blacks 18 – 5! Suddenly, the gold price will go up, the petrol price down, the exchange rate more favourable and life in Africa just wonderful!
I arrived at Tiffany’s just a few minutes before the Van Staden family – Konrad, Nelmarie and Lean.
Passers-by (some looked like they on their way home after last night’s rugby) were still dressed in their green and gold Springbok shirts – we wondered if this was the third day of the same clothes (Friday being Green Shirt day, Saturday match day and now ‘home-time’ day!)
The company was great; the breakfast of orange juice, bacon, eggs, sausage, toast etc magnificent; the weather terrific and the view of Algoa Bay absolutely stunning. So much for the Windy City– this week it has lived up to its other name: The Friendly City – just ask any rugby supporter!
Forget about the doctor – this was just what the patient ordered (and needed on the morning after).
After breakfast, we went for a walk on Humewood Beach. I haven’t been there in years.
Lean kept me entertained with his fertile imagination and stories of dragons, swords, and the angels.
Well, I headed home and, for the first time in a while, treated myself to an afternoon nap.
I needed it.
The angels have been particularly good to me in the last few weeks.
And, as I dozed off, in the haziness of my medication, tiredness, remnants of last night’s festivities and a full tummy, I thought of how blessed I am, and all that I have managed to do in the last two weeks.
I will write about these two weeks later ….in reverse order!