Bloubergstrand, South Africa
Today I am going to do a post on this beautiful sunset we witnessed from a famous beach in Cape Town, South Africa. Justin and I have viewed no shortage of incredible sunsets, but this day was even more special because my youngest brother came along with us. This blog post is therefore dedicated to my little brother, David, because it just so happens that today is his birthday!
The last time I celebrated a birthday with David I think that he was still a teenager. Growing up, I remember him sitting down to blow out his birthday candles at the lounge table every year for his birthday. Always the same… blonde curls, a big smile, and lots of excitement on his face! After that we would get ready for school, and then head our separate ways. He was a 90’s baby so we were separated by a number of school years, and even though he has always been “my baby”, I never did get to watch over him at school. I do, however, have very fond memories of growing up with David. Despite our age difference, we were inseparable. In many ways, I felt like he was my own little boy! When we got a little older I had to work and I missed having him around, so I got him his first job clearing tables at restaurant I worked for. When he was 14 years old, I had moved to London for a couple years already, and I missed him incredibly. He flew there to visit me, and of course, he had plenty of bragging rights when he got back to school after his vacation. Going home this past summer (for the Esser-Morris wedding) it was odd to see that David was looking more and more like a fully grown man. I found myself looking at him, and wondering… “Where did all those years go?” I still think of him as the little blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy who won everyone over with his charm!
One sunny afternoon, Justin and I decided to go running in Blouberg. We told David and he was eager to tag along even though he didn’t want to run. This area of Cape Town is beautiful for jogging, relaxing, surfing, or simply just having a sundowner as you look over the beautiful ocean.
Yeah, he may be big and hairy now… but he’s still my little nerd!
Justin and I took off running, and David settled at The Blue Peter and had a drink. We were running against the wind, so this was a tough one. It really drained our energy.
“Lekker by die See”
This phrase, “Lekker by die See” (Afrikaans), is a common saying in South Africa, and it basically means that things are great when you are by the seaside. VERY TRUE!
When we reached The Blue Peter, I decided to head down the coast in the opposite direction to gain some extra mileage, but Justin stopped here to hang out with David. As you can see, they had a nice spot in the sun, and they were having a good chat over some cold drinks.
After we were all relaxed, and not sweating as much, we walked down to the water to watch the sun go down and take a few photos. At sunset the tide comes in, but the water is still quite a walk from the road.
David picked me up and carried me far into the water.
Again… How did he get so much bigger than me?! I used to carry him around!
Blessed with another incredible sunset!!
As you can see, David was pretty far in the water (that tiny silhouette to the right) but it was still only knee deep. What a beautiful sunset in a magnificent city!!
Thinking back on these memories makes me smile.
I miss both my brothers a lot. Living abroad is not always easy because we are no longer as close as we once were. Perhaps one day we will all be in one city again, and we can make more amazing memories.
1990 – I was carrying him around like a doll…
The years flew by…
2013 – Now suddenly he can do that to me!!
Happy Birthday “Little One”!
I love you so much! Big Sis, xo
Wishing you lots of Happiness
and Joy for the next year,