There are two new dads in our immediate family – my two sons-in-law, Shaun and Gareth. Fathers Day this year was the first for both of them, and I wonder what went through their minds, about their new status in life, their new roles and responsibilities. Or did they simply shake their heads in wonder and surprise as they got on with the business of changing the nappies?
No nappies for me, mind you – not on this particular Fathers Day, anyway. Instead it was off to Roots, at Forum Homini in the Magaliesberg, for Rob and me – the place where we got married, for a smashing six course Fathers Day lunch and wine tasting menu, starting just before one and running into late afternoon, as the light on the highveld turned golden.
It was the first time since we returned to South Africa, the first time since Rob got back (for the second time) from Canada, that we had had an afternoon to unwind, to feel the African light and the sight and colour of the African bush (only forty minutes from Johannesburg) sink into us. As the afternoon moved on, with the slow movement of the sun across the sky, the sense of letting go, of remembering – and then feeling – what it was to just be, was balm to the soul.
It’s been a hard year, so far, but it’s getting better.
Eve and Shaun, it was your gift that we spent, on one of our best dining experiences ever 🙂
Here are some photos.