Monday, March 08, 2010


The video clip you can watch here is the motivation for this post.

I didn’t get to see INVICTUS and am waiting for it to come out on DVD. I have said many times here that I am not a political thinker and I don’t even understand the rules of the game of Rugby. I do however remember the day South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995. DDTF and I were living in Amsterdam and watched the game on TV. From the first game played, I predicted a win for South Africa.

The best way I could describe why I was so certain South Africa would win was by saying, “We had to!” It made no sense for any other country to win the Rugby World Cup as far as I was concerned.

I haven’t been back to South Africa in going on eleven years now. Friends and relatives who do visit more frequently tell me of the demise of the country as we knew it. Stories in the news and more personal accounts in emails of the crime, violence, failing infrastructure etc. are frequent and ongoing.

In spite of all this, I would love to be there for the Soccer World Cup. Whether the story told in IVICTUS is accurate or not, whether it is realistic or not, this clip captures for me what is the heart and soul of the place I call home. I can’t be any more specific in describing it because for me it is all in the feeling.

What comes through so clearly in this clip is something I believe in very strongly. While actions speak louder than words, anyone can do anything. We can extend gestures to others and we can do things to and for each other, but what matters most is what is at the heart of those actions. While the things we do can be seen by others, our motivation behind those actions are at the source; in that place where no-one else can see or hear what you do, except you. It is therefore imperative to keep that place true to yourself and the people around you. The essence of who you are lies in what you do when no-one else is watching and in the thoughts and emotions you have that no-one else can see or hear.

In the context of the South African spirit that is depicted in this clip, I believe South Africa will prove itself to be a perfect host to the Soccer World Cup and I am confident that every international visitor will leave there with a little spark in their hearts of that African magic that I believe will always exist.

Friday, March 05, 2010


My friends, Audrey and Rick went off to Florida about six weeks ago. They will be back next week. I undertook to take care of some of their house plants during this time.

I sent Audrey an email with a pic of the one plant. The following email exchange unfolded:

From: dawn
Date: Monday, February 8, 2010 3:19 pm
Subject: IMG00234.jpg
To: audrick

Hello, Mommy and Daddy.I'm alive but I do miss you.

Your Plant x x x

From: audrick
To: dawn
Subject: Re: IMG00234.jpg
Sent: Feb 8, 2010 7:07 PM

Hello Planty!
To tell you the truth, we haven't thought about you for a frikkin minute!
Love & kisses,
Mummy & Daddy

From: dawn
Date: Monday, February 8, 2010 7:53 pm
Subject: Re: IMG00234.jpg
To: audrick

Dear Mummy and Daddy,
Not sure how I feel about that but I can tell you I'm getting quite attached to the skinny kid. The large, round woman, not so much. Next time Mum, write and tell me how you really feel!
Love your child,
Planty. Xxx

From: audrick
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2010 15:03:01
To: dawn
Subject: Re: IMG00234.jpg

Dear Planty,
We hope our previous comments didn't damage your self esteem or root system. It's just that the plants down here are so much better than you.....what's a parent to do? Maybe the skinny kid and large, round woman can adopt you permanently.
Mums & Daddy

From: dawn
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 10:08 pm
Subject: Re: IMG00234.jpg
To: audrick
Although weakened by your last email, Mumsy - I think I am still well rooted. While I appreciate your honesty (*sob*) telling me the plants down there are nicer than me sets a new record even for you Mumsy, dearest! Perhaps the large, round woman IS a better option for me. For some reason that I am still trying to get to the root of, she keeps looking at me and saying, "You call yourself a plant - and what the f*ck you so happy about, anyway?" I think sucking up to the skinny kid might be the way to grow. Please tell Dad I say hi.
Planty xoxo

From: audrick
To: dawn3
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: IMG00234.jpg
Ya know, Planty, your whining is starting to get on my nerves. You're starting to act like Daddy. I would think that this is a genetic trait, but he's not green. Besides, it looks like you have it pretty good there. The large, round woman put you near a window and the skinny kid waters you. For f*ck's sake, what else do you want?
Just one question though...where's the bald-headed guy?
He's supposed to be taking care of you, too. it asking too much to go on vacation and expect people to take care of everything at home for you??????? For only 6 weeks?????????
Love & Kisses & Hugs,
Mummy and Daddy