Thursday, June 10, 2010

An old friend

I had dinner last night with an old varsity friend I haven’t seen for years. I am always amazed at how nice it is to do that, forgetting in the wide spaces of time between meetings, how well we get on. Years of, well, just getting on with motions of life melt away in moments, and we are suddenly back, sharing secrets, talking as if we saw each other yesterday.

We went to a restaurant in my hood – a small, cosy place with terrible acoustics so that, as soon as there is more than one table, you have to shout. The food is good, though, and the shouting is friendly. We discovered that, strangely, our lives are running in parallel, with some weird coincidental similarities. It’s nice to know it’s not just me.

And then, the thing on the tip of everyone’s tongues, flying from their cars, hooting from their vuvuzelas – it’s one more sleep until the opening match. Just one. Yesterday, at 12 noon, the entire country erupted in a cacophony of vuvuzela blowing and cars hooting, in support of our boys, Bafana Bafana. My heart swelled, and my eyes welled. I love it. The spirit is palpable and it’s just that that makes me overflow with pride for being a citizen of this country on the tip of Africa. We love a celebration, and, boy, are we going to celebrate!

Can you feel it too?


allie said...

I feel it.

What fun it is to get swept up in all the enthusiasm and exuberance!

Angela said...

We are all excited here, too. People put their flags onto their cars and even drive a football around in the rear window. It`ll be so much fun to watch! Enjoy all your visitors!
As to your old friend - I love that, too. Just yesterday I called an old school friend (we were 13 when we met) and when we start talking on the phone, we continue where we stopped last time! No explanations necesaary.
I know the English saying: Make new friends, keep the old, one is silver, the other gold! Rightie!

Family Affairs said...

YES I FEEL IT TOO!! YAY!! FOR CELEBRATIONS.....V sad about Nelson's Great granddaughter though isn't it Lx

family affairs said...

ps - can I use your post today please? Think great to have that report from CT Lx

Shiny said...

Allie - it is, isn't it?

Geli - I'm sure you were all ecstatic last night!

L - of course you can use it, I'd be honoured. Very, very sad for our Madiba, yes