due to popular demand. It was another welcomed laugh. We got back to the tents and
sat in front of the fire for a while
longer. The flames were hypnotising and I felt myself
almost instantly dozing in my comfortable chair. The next thing I remembered was Dad
carrying me off to my tent and tucking me into my soft bed. No matter how old I was or
felt, I hoped I was never too
old for Dad to stop tucking me in. I fell asleep instantly.
I awoke the next morning to the sound of chirping birds and the sound of something
sizzling in a pan outside. I popped me head out the tent and there was Dad frying up
something on his trusted old fire pan he got from Grandpa. I caught a whiff of what was
definitely bacon. This was going to be good. I got up and sat in my chair and watched
Dad as he masterfully prepared a kickass camper’s breakfast for two. He looked much
better. We ate like kings and Dad was back to his usual self. He gave me instructions to
get cleaned up and then start packing, we had a nine hour drive back home and he
wanted to get started as soon as possible. I helped clean the dishes and after a quick
shower and one last look around at the ocean I packed up the camping gear I was
responsible for. I always got stuck on the fold up tents and it usually ended with me red
in the face just about to give up when I got it right. This time was no different, but I do
think it was a personal record for me. I could see Dad trying to stifle a laugh. I think it
was something he secretly looked forward to. Within an hour we were all packed and on
the road. It was a short hop to the border and it was relatively quiet. Within half an hour
we were back in South Africa and on our way home.
Dad suggested I make myself comfortable and read a bit. I loved to read Archie comics
when we drove and it helped take my mind off things. By midday we were halfway
home and we pulled into a small rest stop and filled up with petrol and grabbed a
burger for lunch. I could feel myself slipping back into the “real” world as I watched all
the cars and people around and all the man made things like the long endless road and
electricity pylons. I at least knew there was no danger of me forgetting what I had learnt,
that would be like telling the sun not to shine. Knowing this made me smile. It also made