Here is my contribution to this week’s Share Your World from Sparks
On A Scale Of 1-10, How Strict Were Your Parents?
My parents were strict about certain things and not others. For the 60s they were not draconian. We were brought up in a loving way but were expected to be obedient and have good manners.
Family time was important in our home. Every evening we had to be with our parents in the lounge when my father returned from work. They would have sundowners and chat to us and listen to what we had to say too. We also had to sit at the table to eat dinner together.
My brothers had more freedom than my sister and I had. We were not allowed to go out without an escort. Our parents had to meet our dates first and if they did not approve we were not allowed out with them. We had a curfew which was explained to the young men who knew they had to abide by the rules or else!
I would give my parents a 7.
What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?
Tidying up and household chores! Well, that was my big gripe when we had a houseful of kids and grandkids. Now I absolutely do not mind as I have enough time to get through the day.
Do They Bury People With Their Braces* On? (* “braces” in this scenario are those metal bits they put on people to straighten their teeth. I realize “braces” are also some item of clothing that I believe men wear to keep their socks up or something. I’m talking about the teeth option).
How sad if one dies if one still has braces on one’s teeth! I have no idea if such braces are removed or not. I guess they are not! What would they do with them if they were removed? I don’t think they are reusable.
Why Does A Round Pizza Come In A Square Box?
I guess it is easier to manufacture square boxes than round ones. I’m not sure.
Gratitude: Share something you are grateful for right now. I know that’s a tough question. It helps to share those bright bits with folks though because many of us are seeing through an increasingly dark glass.
It is a tough question for 2020 with the dreaded virus affecting all our lives. But I am grateful that the planet is having a holiday. It comes at great cost to the worldwide economy but at least it is giving our world a rest.
We had friends from Australia stay with us before they were due to go on a cruise from Cape Town to Athens. Because of Corona, it was cancelled and they were left with the problem of how to get home. They only discovered this while we were spending a few days at Wamrwaterberg. They spent a fortune on airtime trying to get hold of either their travel agent or Qantas. No luck with either of them! They returned to Cape Town for a few days and we went to stay with our kids in Plettenberg Bay. I am grateful that the travel agent we use when we travel was able to get them on a flight and they left on Sunday.
When I see what is happening in the rest of the world and how high the death rate is I am grateful that my country has had fair warning of what could happen here if urgent measures aren’t taken. Currently, we are in the low-risk zone but that can change in an instant. We were spending time with our kids in Plettenberg Bay when our president announced that South Africa would be on lockdown from Friday for a minimum of three weeks. I am grateful he made this decision in spite of there being only 558 cases and no deaths in this country. So we had to decide whether to stay on the farm with the kids for another three weeks or make our way home. We decided on the latter and our youngest daughter came up from Cape Town to spend lockdown with us as she can work online.
I am grateful that we have a comfortable home, a garden, shops and a pharmacy nearby, good internet and our daughter staying with us. For many, isolation is going to be a nightmare. For us, it is going to be an adventure.