Around Thanksgiving, he told us in conversation that he had never been to South Africa. He said he had a passport, but it had never been used. He wanted to see the ocean. We asked when he turned 18, since it’s much easier to take someone across the border once they are an adult. He said his 18th birthday was the first of January. So, we told him we’d take him along sometime when we were going to the coast. When we decided to fly Lacy home out of Durban, we determined it would be as good a time as any to take Danki with us as well.
Typically when we go to Durban, we’re there for doctor’s appointments and necessary shopping. We usually stay with friends and oftentimes don’t even make it to the beach. For Danki, however, the beach was first priority. Thus, I found a condo right on the beach for an absolute steal and booked it for a couple nights after Lacy’s departure. Danki was counting down the days weeks ago. He told us he could barely sleep last week because he was so excited. On Sunday morning, we packed up and embarked on a trip of firsts. We knew seeing the ocean would be a first, but it hadn’t even occurred to me exactly how many firsts he would experience during a few days in South Africa.
While we were out, the monkeys got in and made a huge mess! The housekeeper left the window open and this....
It’s so interesting how commonplace all these things are to me. In fact, for us, coming to South Africa is comforting because it feels like home. It looks more like America than anywhere else nearby, and the sights, smells and sounds are much like those from home. It’s still different, but it’s a whole lot closer to American life than we find in Mokhotlong. Danki, on the other hand, knows nothing of life outside of Lesotho. Excluding a very short school trip to the capital city, he barely knows life outside of Mokhotlong. Needless to say, he’s intrigued and maybe a bit shell shocked by life there. And it was so fun to watch him experience it.
I don’t know where his bright smile and kind heart will take him in life. I hope and pray he makes wise choices. He has the potential to have a bright and successful future. I suspect this won't be the only trip to South Africa he takes with us. It really couldn't have been more fun for any of us!