The Superhero

12 Dec 2013

It’s been such an immense past week.

My emotions have been turbulent, but through it all, I have a very pure sense of pride. I’m proud to be a South African, and proud that I can share Madiba’s life and lessons with my 2 sons.

It’s really difficult. How do you explain to a 5 and 3 year old what actually happened? We try to simplify it completely and use the ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ scenario but when you see the confusion on their little faces when trying to take in that white people weren’t allowed to share the bus with black people, well... it’s just so unbelievably sad. Sad because I can’t believe what happened, and simply devastating that it took so long to change.

I am proud of my husband as he’s taught the boys a simple little mantra and he keeps reminding them of it. ‘What is Mandela the superhero of?’ And they both chime in unison, ‘Love!’ ‘And what else boys?’ ‘Respect!’ they shout. It’s so damn cute, and my heart jumps with emotion each time they do it. I hope that one day they’ll truly understand what they’re saying.

The most humbling part is our beloved Madiba, what he stood for, what he achieved and what he pledged his life to - The peace of our beautiful land.

So let us remember these days, and not forget. Let’s heal old wounds, learn to forgive and move on.

Let’s try to teach our children what Madiba stood for and would have died for. Love, respect and peace.


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