South Africa-The Final Party, but not quite the end
Thursday 26th July
Today the day’s events will be described by the boy who has been bringing you the limericks every blog. But don’t worry, this won’t be a limerick, but I do hope it will hold the same sway and energy which is (I hope) found in my rhymes.
I say this honestly ‘It was a fantastic day’. It held that extra bit of spice, that extra bit of energy, that extra bit of commitment. The fence for the vegetable patch was finally erected and we were beginning to build the small vegetable lots. With the netball court coming along marvellously and the rugby posts put up we were in high spirits.
However it was tonight that really made it ‘a fantastic day’, for it was the Farewell Function. The entire thing ran for three hours or so but it didn’t bother us in the slightest, in fact at the end we were hesitant to leave. The warmth we received from the community was unparalleled to anywhere else. We had extreme difficulty leaving the hall because of the children hugging and kissing us to extent we were walking with four wrapped around us.
If we had been asked to get up and dance at the start of the trip then we would have laughed and done nothing, oh how that has changed! We were sucked into the happiness bought on by the music and joy in the room. In fact our choir (yes we formed a choir) sang gloriously, we had the entire hall clapping and cheering and dancing before us, an experience like no other.
We didn’t care who saw us whilst we were dancing, we were dancing because it was fun, because it was exhilarating, because we had been accepted as part of the South African culture. Gifts were exchanged between us and the schools and we left feeling as though we had made some truly remarkable and lifelong friends. Indeed we didn’t really have the heart to tell them that we would be there tomorrow. So as we played football underneath one of the most beautiful looking sunsets in the world we couldn’t help but feel that South Africa had become a somewhat second home for us all. I now leave you with what is always left at the bottom of each blog, a limerick of the day’s events.
Jack’s Limerick of the day
Tonight was spectacular, it wasn’t by chance
Our singing was great, including the dance
The children’s warmth and love touched us all
Even Mark felt as though he were 10 feet tall
We still have much to do, but I have no doubt
That in the end there will be an almighty shout
For happiness will shine on through,
And we will have achieved what we set out to do
But I must say one thing, now don’t laugh for goodness sake
But everyone danced tonight, including old Jake
The Calabash team