Why we should learn a thing or two from kids (Part 2)

In continuation to the first post, I thought I’d share with you in pictures exactly why I think the the little people are just freaking amazing.

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Because bacon is so much better than money. I totally agree!

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And you know what, Chris probably deserved it too!

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I’ve never heard it said quite like that but it’s the best explanation you could ever ask for.

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A sticky, sugary demise…it’s probably the best way to die 😀

And did you know, according to Thought Catalog, one of the 4 moments that provide instant happiness is seeing the smile of a baby or catching the musical note of their laughter. 

I sure do agree with that list. Do you?

Till next time,

Linet

Home Is Where The Heart Is

I arrived home today for my mid semester vacation at around 2 15 pm. As I disembarked the plane, the sun shone brightly, sending rays of warmth that are unusual for this time of the year. It’s like the sun was smiling down at me, copying the expression on my face. As I wheeled my small green suitcase behind me, I could feel my excitement growing.

I would love to say I was met by my parents, brother, and sister, all grinning and waving as I came through the arrivals lounge but that is not the case. They have lives. My sister is going through what I just finished. Her end of semester exams are in full force right now and my arrival is more like a gift from heaven for her (less dishes for her to wash). My little brother on the other hand is occupied with primary school related activities – think rugby games and music lessons. I was picked up by my slightly late dad and that was more than enough for me 🙂

The hour long ride home from the airport was not fun though. Talking about my future is always something that I don’t welcome. Maybe it’s because I have no idea what path I want to take with my life after University. Right now my focus is on one thing: get this degree. However, that is proving to be quite a mission. I really need to dig down even deeper and find motivation to finish what I started. On the bright side, I’m learning an extremely valuable life lesson at UCT – how to get back up when life knocks me down. It’s been a rough 2 years and I’ve got two more to go and I really want to see this thing to the end.

So, after having a surprisingly soul bearing and completely honest conversation with my father, we pulled up in front of the gate. Then, my dad pulls out his gate keys, hands them to me and says “Well, you’re home now so you better start acting like it”. Translation, go open the gate. Some things never change 😀

I had actually never opened the gate before. New house, new discoveries 🙂
As I wrestled my luggage out the car, with the help of my dad, my sister walked out the house, knife in hand exclaiming, “fair warning, we’re not making you anything special for dinner!”. Just like that, the playful teasing and light banter began. I swear, my family is amazing at small talk! We can go for hours talking about the most random things, laughing and joking together. It’s quite beautiful.

Once I stepped into the house, it was mayhem! I barely had time to walk into my bedroom when my brother hugged/tackled me onto the bed. What a greeting! 😀 He plays rugby and I have a feeling there’s more of those to come during my time home.

As the noise escalated and the hugs went around multiple times, I found myself taking off my shoes and settling down for an update on the latest news and gossip from extended family and friends. My mom gabbed away as she rolled chapati expertly while my sister sat on the kitchen counter periodically contributing to the stories. My brother went off to play some sort of computer game like any normal 11 year old. Once in a while he’d walk in to excitedly show me something – like how he had grown about 4 cm in 1 month and how he could make music with water and a wine glass. Then he would disappear again.

As I sat there, joking, laughing and mercilessly teasing my sister, I felt my troubles seep away. The tension of exams, the worries of assignments, projects and GPA were momentarily forgotten. In that moment, I was content. My heart sang and my eyes danced with laughter. In that moment I was happy 🙂

I guess what I’m trying to say is, I love my family 🙂 I really do. They are not perfect and at times I really wish certain things were different. However, I undoubtedly and unequivocally love these people. And, it’s in these little moments, those spent sitting on kitchen counter tops or lounging on the bed that I remember that.

Till next time,

Linet

This is how much I love my family, especially my little brother :)

This is how much I love my family, especially my little brother 🙂

In a Sunny State of Mind

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“The sun will come out tomorrow!” ~ Annie

I recently had the pleasure of reading Nelson Mandela’s favourite poem: Invictus by William Ernest Henley. It’s a beautiful piece of literature, understandably why it’s Madiba’s favourite  poem. I shall leave you with my favourite lines that popped in my head a few minutes ago, which I thought I would share with you.

“I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”

Have a great week! 

TIll next time,

Linet

I.HAVE.WRITER’S.BLOCK

Yes, I am referring to myself as a writer *cheeky smile*. Thanks to WordPress, I can pretend to be one once in a while 🙂

So the semester is over, I’m done with exams and now, It’s time to pack up. As I type this, I am surrounded by boxes and suitcases in my room. Its amazing how much clutter that has build up over the past two years. I found myself going through pamphlets and brochures welcoming me to UCT, which are approximately two years old! Yikes!

Maybe the exams fried my brain or I just son’t want to think owing to my “its holiday time!’ mood, but I have no idea what I want to write about today. So, I guess, I’ll just leave you with a quote and a kiss.

“Each morning when you wake up, before you do anything else, smile” ~ Unknown Author

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Happy Holidays! 😀

Till next time,

Linet