Super Mom

What I’ve learned this weekend

Some things I have learned this weekend.

  1. Too many Afrikaans speaking people together is just not a good idea.  We went to Aardklop (an Afrikaans art festival)  I love walking through the huge flea market.  Maybe one day I won’t be pregnant or be breastfeeding a baby (that makes it sound as if I have a lot of children!) and I’ll actually be able to see some of the shows.  Now that’s not what I have learned though.  Afrikaans people are known to be welcoming, good-hearted people.  Open.  In small dosages they (we) are just that.  But my word.  Put a crowd of them together, throw in some alcohol and you have the setting for a violence movie with people thinking the are superior just because of being them.  They sell t-shirts with some slogans that are really really funny.  Most of them are about being proudly Afrikaans.  Which is great in itself.  However, some have the very old South African flag on them.  Move on people!  I love our new flag.  Full of colour and hope.  The old flag divides us as a country.  Still not my point.  One very Afrikaans boer (*)  bought his son one of those shirts, that says 100 % boer.  He got his little son to push in a line, where Jason has been standing for ages.  Jason would get tired, then come stand by me (right next to the line)  Every time Jay would do that, he would push his son forward and the little boere boy would look at my with a face of victory.  I was feeling that this would end up with me getting very ticked off.  The boy would keep on asking his dad when it would be his turn and the dad would say he is next.  I would say no, my son is next.  You know that old story.  At one stage I said, I’m going to “moer ‘n boer” – slap the boer.  I got my much bigger husband to make sure that Jason did indeed go jumping when it was his turn.  Point being that too many Afrikaans speaking people together, makes the air feel as though it if filled with testosterone.  Pushing and all this “mine is bigger than yours” attitude.  By the time we left I had had enough.
  2. I will not cope with 6 children!  My dearest bestest friend, Wenchy was here for the weekend.  Her son, Kevin had been here for over a week.   Having him around was such a pleasure.  However, when we brought together all six the kids, it was a lot.  It felt like I was totally overwhelmed by the noise level lol  I take my hat of to moms who cope with six children on a daily basis.  Maybe you get used to it?
  3. I love my Wench a lot.  There is absolutely no pretends when we are together.  No need to look good, speak well or keep each other entertained.  We are like we would be, when in our ‘jamas at home on a lazy Sunday morning.
  4. Having your ex over at your house (who came with my brother and his wife) feels uncomfortable.  Even though it’s been 10 years.  It still feels weird.
  5. It is absolutely wonderful to have a sister-in-law who is more a friend than a SIL. I’m very lucky to have Maggie as my SIL.  Thanks Mike!!  you chose well.  (I wonder if my brother reads my blog?)

*  Boer – an Afrikaans speaking man, who mostly would be someone who lives on a farm.  However it can also be someone who lives in town but it will mostly be a small town.  They are very proud of their language and where they come from – their heritage)

I have uploaded some photos of the weekend on to my flicker account.  Just click on the photos in the sidebar. 

9 responses

  1. Thank you for everything… and alles. Love you big big big.

    October 1, 2006 at 5:46 pm

  2. Amy

    I’ve heard the afrikaans language, I’d love to learn it one day, a friend of my from johannesburg sent me a video of her speaking it. Do you have many braais there? (I think that’s how it’s spelled – barbeques) and are you a rugby fan too?

    October 2, 2006 at 12:30 am

  3. It sounds a lot like the same problem we have with the confederate flag, the one used by the South during the Civil War. People still display it and it almost always someone racist.

    October 2, 2006 at 12:58 am

  4. Well, I only have 5 kids, but I will admit that sometimes the noise level is a bit much. Summer is great when they can run around outside and burn off all that energy and make noise to their hearts’ content!

    October 2, 2006 at 1:50 am

  5. I can’t imagine having six children, either. My cousins in Wisconsin just had their sixth in February ~ yikes! hehe 🙂 I’m happy for them, but I really don’t see how they do it. And what about the expense of it all, even when they go to college???

    October 2, 2006 at 2:58 am

  6. Jen

    wow Jason is brave

    October 2, 2006 at 7:12 am

  7. Cheryl

    Hi, sounds like you had an interesting weekend.

    Totally off the subject. YOU SURVIVED the deadline :0

    I’m SO glad your dream has come true. What is your horses name????

    October 2, 2006 at 8:28 am

  8. oooh i’m jealous!
    aardklop, woodstock, splashyfen, oppikoppi… i have decided i will attend them all when damien finishes school- its about ten years off, but then i reckon i can rip, rave and misbehave to my hearts content because he’ll be a grownup too!

    October 2, 2006 at 9:38 am

  9. Hey Couz, thanks for the visit – that was a real nice surprise!!!! Your boys are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Hope to see more of you!!! Send my regards to everyone there 🙂

    October 2, 2006 at 1:32 pm

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