Well it’s Madiba’s 95th Birthday of course!
I know it seems like a weird gesture to anyone living outside of Africa, but here it’s quite normal.
With every important celebration in Africa you’ll find a blanket involved. It is a source of warmth and comfort and is presented to a bride when she gets married, given at funerals to the family – in fact at any important occasion.
The blankets were bought by the people in the line and then donated to the needy – very much in keeping with The Spirit of Madiba and certainly desperately needed for this Winter.
We heard the commotion from the restaurant and promptly downed tools and ran outside to watch – another ‘Pure Africa’ move!
If there’s singing and dancing and an opportunity to celebrate a wonderful man, we’ll dump our stuff and run.
There aren’t too many of them left in South Africa, so we must be excused for such behaviour.
In honour of Madiba’s request to spend 67 minutes every year on his birthday helping out our community, this was a double header – it helped the needy and was an absolute blast!
Mandela masks, singing, dancing, laughter and rejoicing followed by a loud count to 67, the spirit of Our Tata was alive and well.
So Blessed Day to you our Precious Father. You have loved and encouraged our nation and the world.
For now I wish you ease and comfort, and for the future as you watch over us, I wish you many exciting journeys, joy, peace and wisdom for all eternity.
95 Kisses to you Tata