Today, I attended Neil and Pam Thomson’s retirement farewell at The Grey.
Neil has taught there for forty years and Pam some thirty years.
I first met Tommo in Stellenbosch in the late 1970’s when I was a student and he was singing at Die Akker.
Then we taught together at Grey until I left teaching in 1988. As a young, irresponsible and wayward youngster, I spent many evenings drinking in the “Tiger’s Arms” and sleeping in Pammie’s guest room.
We celebrated many occasions around and under the Thomson’s dining table. Pam, forever the lady, endured our wanting behavior with her customary “goodness gracious”!
Tommo sang at our wedding at St Albans Prison.
He sang at many PE weddings, corporates functions, restaurants, El Cid, 21st parties and other occasions around the world. After all, he was “the best in Africa”.
Together with the Thomson’s, the Scholtz’s and the Stapleton’s, we continued our Investment Club and our friendships.
Pera has remained Tommo’s private hairdresser and has witnessed the colour change from pepper to grey to white!
Yes, we have been colleagues and friends. We have celebrated the ups and cried through the downs.
We have lived life together.
It’s been a long and winding road, and continues to be so.
Thank you, the Thomson’s , for the music, the hospitality, the ride and above all, the friendship.
Life has thrown it all at us. But we shall overcome.