Yesterday I fell in love

With this weird place,

The Cape, here on the Southern tip of South Africa.

I watched amazed as our two small boys from up North

Were invited to play on the shelly and rocky beach

By a bunch of local Langebaan kids.

There was running up rocks and shouting,

Screams and holding hands at the top,

And no negotiating as the littlest one was swept into the arms

of a bigger boy as they came hurtling down,

Again and again.

Not much was said; my boys don’t speak Afrikaans,

But the rules of the game were honoured and friendships were forged

to last in memories forever.

So when we went to call them to come,

"We’re leaving now!", little hands had to be held

And feet dragged though the sand, and we turned and waved,