The day before yesterday was Eldane’s 10th birthday and the Lord blessed us with wonderful weather, despite a bit of windiness. We held our party outside on our “stoep” (porch), set up with a steel table covered with a lovely white and pink tablecloth and set all the eats out on it. the party was supposed to start at 9:30 but things were busy and not all our guests arrived on time..(ahem, Raven and Vinod!) When the party finally got started, photos were taken, a prayer prayed, and gifts handed to her. Then we moved out to the porch and lit the sparkling candle! More photos…I took some great action shot pictures of our guests and hosts biting into their cake or acting weird/funny. Here are some:
We went to uShaka after the party and thoroughly enjoyed the wet n wild part. I wacked my head sliding down the lowest of the 3 highest slides and still feel the pain! But the worst part was when we discovered the Torpedo slide. You slide down a tube and then shoot out into a “candy-floss bowl,” but in my case it felt more like a volcano’s mouth! Then you slide around in the “volcano mouth” and finally drop down into the pool below. Now, to understand my predicament: I can’t swim. I have a phobia of deep/lots of water. I can’t be under water without holding my nose to block the water. I didn’t want to go on the slide. So, dad said he’ll preach about us if we are too “chicken-ish” not to slide, so I went; saying: “I’m going to regret this!” before I went down the tube. When I shot out onto the “bowl,” I had my eyes closed and my nose blocked. I just heard some people laughing at me as they watched me slide around and around. I eventually flopped into the pool (not knowing how deep it really is) and couldn’t touch bottom! My hair was in my face, my hand was blocking my nose, I kept going under water and I hadn’t practiced breast-stroke swimming because it hurts my back…aunty Anita finally (it felt like 5 minutes) got a proper hold of me and I got to the side. Dad and aunty Anita asked if I was OK and I told them straight: “No!”
I’m never going back on that slide and strongly un-recommend it to those who can’t swim, have a phobia of closed-in spaces or water, and have to hold their noses to block them under water!
Every time I tell somebody about it, I tell them that I almost drowned on the same slide that dad fractured his heel!
Nobody believed me that day that I really felt like I was drowning—they thought I was putting it on!
It’s great to experience another day alive!!!