Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

Happy Birthday Pops!

My dad turns 80 today! Fighting fit, but sad and forgetful. What an achievement!

I am so honored to have him as part of our lives!

Born in the rural Eastern Cape, around the time of the Second World War, he grew up without his own dad around, he was fighting in North Africa, and when this stranger came home, he wasn’t so sure of him. He was educated to matric which was also quite something in those days, but there was no money for anything more, and he was sent to JHB with £10 and an address of an uncle to stay with until he’d found work and his feet. He started work on the mines, worked his way up, got educated, met my mom, and made a life for all of us.

He’s taught me several things – moderation is important, be sensible, work hard and apply yourself to everything you take on. He also instilled in me the value of an education. Lately he’s demonstrated the devotion of lifelong marriage, through thick and thin; and the value of friendships – maintain them, be a friend to others, be an active member of a community.

4 Comments»

  nyamazela wrote @

Happy birthday Birdie’s daddy! Great story of such a different time in which to grow up – thanks for sharing.

  halberts2014 wrote @

Wow, I know I said previously you look like Dawny, but you kind of look like Pops too 🙂
Things were so different back then. Nowadays people take things for granted.
Happy Birthday Pops, may you day be blessed

  Deblet wrote @

Happy birthday to you Dad. He really looks fabulous at 80🎁

  cat h bradley wrote @

Wonderful ❤️


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