Is it a South African thing? The need to blame someone. Anyone.
My dad posted a photo of a storm drain. All the slabs are broken. My dad has reported this to the municipality many times and posted a photo showing that it is still broken.
Oh soul. Some guy jumped up and down and basically told my dad that he is the idiot who should have fixed it and not complained about it. HUH?
Why on earth put the blame on my dad? It is not his responsibility. It is however his right to complain or make people aware of the fact. He pays his tax.
Said guy does not agree. He says that one should just do it yourself. No he demands that one does.
Really? Who will take responsibility if something goes wrong after it was fixed by someone other than the municipality?
Anyway, it’s not just this situation. It just got me thinking again. People tend to get upset with the wrong people.
When people feel that they will get nowhere with blaming the cause of the problem, they want to blame someone else.
Zander has been complaining about double vision the last couple of weeks. At first I thought it was because a friend in his class got glasses. Cool glasses too!
However, he continued to complain and even though the brothers were convinced he was doing it himself, I decided to take him to an optometrist.
Well, he is not forcing his eyes to do that. He has low muscle tone in his eyes. Called hypotonia. He has exercises that we need to do, that will hopefully make them stronger. If not, he will get reading glasses to make reading easier. It can’t be fun if your work goes all out of focus just like that. I hope that it will get better sooner rather than later. Optometrist gave it six months to improve.
Also, the nerves in his right eye is larger than in the left. That is obviously not good and he will keep a close eye (no pun intended) on that. So instead of going every second year for a check-up, he will go yearly.
Here’s to hoping he won’t need glasses and that the enlarged nerves will cause no damage.
That is the current question many parents have been thinking about. The department of education is considering giving condoms to all children older than 10.
Now look, I understand where they are coming from. I get why they want to do this but I am not impressed with the idea.
I have actually not read the detail but from what I can gather, they want to give condoms to all the kids.
Why not just make it available? Why give them something that will spark their interest to use it. It’s like giving a child drugs to explain what it does.
Stupid idea. It is my responsibility to talk to my kids about sex. My boys know all about condoms. (Except Zander who is still too young) They don’t need to get one to “play” with.
When I get a sachet of coffee for free, I drink coffee. What do they think the kids will do with condoms?
He has worked for this since the beginning of Grade 4. It has been his dream. His goal.
Jason is in a very strong age group. Both academically as well as in sport. It has often happened that the last 13 kids in the top 20 (20 children with the highest academic average) will have the same average percentage.
Jason has received gold for his academic achievements three years in a row. Never top 10 though.
Until this term. He finally got it!!
I’m so proud of you Jay. You did it!
Just this morning I thought about road rage in our country. Why do we all have it at some stage?
I know that I have to constantly check myself. No risk of me pulling out a gun or ramming someone off the side of the road but I do get upset. People who don’t stop at stop signs. People who don’t use their indicators (brilliant little stick connected to a light. Great accessory on all cars). Taxi passing on a yellow line while people in front lets them back into the line. Okay, many more. You get my drift. I get upset. I just constantly tell myself to let it go.
Doesn’t always work.
Then I read about yet another person being shot in a road rage incident today. Why? Is it really bad driving that gets us that worked up? Why would you take someone’s life just like that?
In my opinion it has nothing to do with bad driving. The
asshole bad driving is just the final straw. We (South Africans) have cropped up anger. We live in constant stress. Not just at work. Stress at home. Our safe place that just isn’t that safe anymore. We are close to snapping at any moment. Not always. Not everyday but often. Put two people together at the wrong time and place and boom. Road rage.
It is so sad that lives are taken because of an emotion people can’t cope with.
Zander lives for rugby. His life revolves around rugby. He doesn’t partake in athletics because “you only run when you have a ball in your hands”
Yet the whole year last year when he played 15 man rugby , he didn’t score one try. He scored many as a bulletjie but not in proper rugby.
Thursday he scored two tries. Two! The best is that he did not make a big deal out of it. Not one tiny bit. Dit not want to phone his Dad to brag. Did not expect a high five. Nothing.
To him it was just another game. Who scored the tries is not important.