|Clynton called this guy "Big Daddy" :)|
I did not want to do this.
And the primary reason was because I was terrified of what I might be faced with. But from even before we left the US, I had said I was interested. I just had a feeling even then that God was wanting me to again, step outside my comfort zone. I was determined to do it. Once I committed, there was no going back. Ultimately, of the 6 of us that stayed the extra days, 4 of us decided to take advantage of the opportunity. So, after we packed up, Clynton dropped myself and my teammate Dustin off at Bernadette's house in Ocean View. It was nothing like I expected. The house was small, but comfortable and inviting and Bernadette was a fabulous host.
We hadn't been there long when her little girl, Aimee, came in with a friend. Aimee was not able to attend holiday club, but much to my pleasant surprise, the friend (Tatum) she brought inside had been to holiday club every day! It was so nice to see her again and the girls entertained us by doing VBS songs and trying (unsuccessfully) to teach me the circle games. I mean...just look...are they not the cutest!? Plus, they really loosened up around us. Tatum said I was using "whitey language" and they couldn't get over that I didn't "plait" my hair but would sleep with it loose. One of them asked me if my teeth came out and not understanding what she was getting at, I said "No, do yours?!" and she then showed me her wiggly tooth. Apparently, in South Africa (or at least in their home), when you pull a tooth, you put it in your shoe and a mouse comes and gets it and leaves you money. SO adorable.
I think it was about then that I started feeling sad to be leaving. Up until that point, I was able to just not think about it. Tomorrow I'll blog about the last few places we went and about our last day/evening in Cape Town. Stay tuned friends...