Sunday, September 17, 2006
I was walking around in a store. I saw a cashier hand this little boy his money back and say, "I'm sorry, but you don't have enough money to buy this doll." Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ''Granny, are you sure I don't have enough money?'' The old lady replied: ''You know that you don't have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.'' She then asked him to stay there for 5 minutes while she went to look around. She left quickly. The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand. Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to. "It's the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for this Christmas. She was so sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her." I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus will bring it to her after all, and not to worry. But he replied to me sadly. "No, Santa Claus can't bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there."His eyes were so sad while saying this. "My sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.''My heart nearly stopped. The little boy looked up at me and said: "I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall." Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then told me "I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won't forget me." "I love my mommy and I wish she doesn't have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister." Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly. I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. "What if we checked again, just in case you do have enough money?'' "OK" he said "I hope that I have enough." I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money. The little boy said: "Thank you God for giving me enough money!" Then he looked at me and added "I asked yesterday before I slept for God to make sure I have enough money to buy this doll so that mommy can give it to my sister. He heard me!'' "I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn't dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.'' "My mommy loves white roses." A few minutes later, the old lady came again and I left with my basket..I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started. I couldn't get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local newspaper article 2 days ago, which mentioned of a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car, where there was one young lady and a little girl. The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-assisting machine, because the young lady would not be able to recover from the coma. Was this the family of the little boy? Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the newspaper that the young lady had passed away. I couldn't stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last wishes before burial. She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest. I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed forever. The love that this little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine. And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
If there is something South Africans really love doing, it is having a really good braai (BBQ)!
Here in the Cape, a braai is only complete if you have tomato, cheese & onion sandwiches toasted on the grid accompanying your meat and salads. Mmmm, yummy!
In the Gauteng area, they love to have 'stywe pap en wors' (maize porridge made really stiff and sausage). Then they serve it with stir-fried tomato & onion on top of the porridge. Not bad I must tell you.
Apart from all the negative stuff in our country, this is one of the great things about South Africa.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
What is going on in the world people? Everywhere you look and read, it's just wars everywhere, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods! This surely must be signs of our times. Especially with everything going on in the Middle-East.
Just look at all the violence in the world, how it has escalated. Even here in our country, South Africa, it is absolutely shocking how brutal the murders are, torturing people before killing them! The drug abuse is just as bad! The youth in our country do such terrible things. The new craze going round is torturing animals and capturing it on their cellphones. Then I haven't even mentioned the 'fight club' craze going on in schools! Beating each other till the blood runs and capturing it on their cellphones! The youth also have no respect for anyone, not even their parents! They are the leaders of tomorrow! God help us with that!
I am sure the end of our world is slowly but surely drawing near.
For a long time now, everyday till mid afternoon, there is a little bird sitting on our window frame. The little bird chatters along, but little does he know who is eyeing him from behind the curtain! Yep, Scarlett!! When he gets bored with eyeing the bird, it's off to the backyard to go bask in the sun. Then he's in for some yummy cat food and a sip of water and a hug and some grooming from his mom (that's me) and then it's off again, to enjoy the rest of the day in the sun! What a life! A cat's life! The best life!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
This is my darling cat, Scarlett. He is not a she, ha, ha!
When we went to the animal shelter to adopt a kitten, the worker there told us that he thinks the cat was a she, 'cause he could not see any ..er, well, you know!
We named the cat Scarlett, thinking it was a she only to later discover that it was a he. The cat already got used to his name, so it was too late to change it to a more 'manly' name. ;-)
Saturday, June 24, 2006
I am sure you will be able to get it from any Christian bookstore.
You will never regret reading it. If you already have, please tell me your thoughts on these books. I read it and believe every word to be true!
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Since the end of last year, the country has been suffering under power cuts. The company that supplies electricity has been having problems with one of their reactors at their nuclear power plant. Till this day we still don't know what caused it, because they have been feeding the media such a bunch of lies.
Now, to save power, we have been undergoing regular intervals of power load shedding in different areas. What really had me in stitches, was when they started telling us via the newspapers the following:" Please turn off the power, so that the power can stay on."
Now, if that does not crack you up, nothing will!!
A while ago there was a big heist at one of our airports, where about R100 million rand was stolen.
The police recovered some of the money and it was locked away in one of their safes. Now someone has stolen it from their safe (about R10 million)! They used an angle grinder and with all that noise, nobody heard them. It is speculated that it was an inside job.
Cash in transit heists are also a very common thing here in South Africa. Hijacking as well.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
On another day it was reported that a law-abiding citizen and his brother was attacked (his brother killed) and that he then shot and killed one of the crims. Now HE!!!, the LAW ABIDING CITIZEN!!!!!, is accused of murder. WHY, do I ask, does this happen in our beautiful country South Africa??
In my little suburb where I live here in Cape Town, the crime is all around you. You never know when it will be your turn. NOWHERE is safe! Not in the more affluent suburbs nor the poor. Gangs are out of control and the police can do nothing about it, because they are the ones who tell you that if you have a gun, you are not allowed to shoot at the crim. Here in my neighbourhood the crims steal the taps off the walls outside houses!! TWICE we had burglars steal ours. The first crim had the "decency?" to turn off the main water supply tap, but the 2nd one just ripped it from the wall, with water spraying everywhere!
It drives me crazy. I live like a prisoner in my own home. I always used to open my door for beggars asking for food (and giving them), but now I refuse and just say I can't help. (That is not in my nature.) I love to help people.
The government has laws in place that help the criminals and they do not care to protect their law-abiding citizens.
So much for our wonderful "democracy"!
MAY GOD BE WITH US, 'CAUSE THE POLITICIANS AREN'T...