Chapter 16.00: Family Photos

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Family Photos

A very big part of the art of living is family! Here I feature different sets of family photos. The kids are fortunate to have two extra sets of extended families involved in their lives also. Here we feature the families of all the parents, step-parents, uncles, aunts and further extended family.

Oom Jan Kok

Oom Jan is my mom’s brother. He sent me the following set op photos.

Oom Jan stuur hierdie fotos vir ons op 28 Desember 2017. Vir die lys van al Oom Jan se bydraes, besoek Oom Jan Onthou. Ek pos dit als as deel van “Bacon and the art of living” en in besonder, deel van die gedeelte wat handel oor “The Art of Living”.


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Sannie se doop, 1940. Oupa Eben, Ouma Susan, Tannie Meraai en Oupa Giel. Ouma Santjie met haar naamgenoot. Foto geneem op Leeuspruit.
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My Oupa Grootjie, Piet Rademan by sy perdekar waarmee hy tot kort voor sy dood op 99 nog gery het.
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Ouma Susan, Sannie en Uysie en My hond Karools. Foto geneem op Leeuspruit.
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Met Oupa Jan Kok se 70ste verjaarsdag by die rivier op Parys. Die familie het daar saamgetrek vir die okkasie. Agter: Sannie, Myra Kok, Gill Kok, Mariet Bosman, Ronnie Bosman, Jantjie Bosman. Voor: Jan Kok, Ouma Hannie Oupa se tweede vrou), Uysie Kok, Oupa Jan en Leon Kok.
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Met my doop, 1942. Agter: Oom Dolf Bosman met Jantjie, Tannie Meraai, Ouma Santjie Uys, Ouma Magrietha (Oupa se eerste vrou), Oupa Eben met Sannie. Middel: Oupa Giel Uys, Ouma Susan Kok met my op haar skoot, Oupa Jan Kok (Wat my gedoop het) Voor: Mariet en Ronnie Bosman. Ek was seker een van die eerste blanke kinders wat in die Swart kerk gedoop is, en as gevolg van die Apartheidswette mag my doop nie in die boeke van die Sendingkerk opgeteken word nie, maar wel in die “Wit” gemeente, Heilbron Suid.
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Moet darem die foto van hierdie aantreklike jong man byvoeg. 21 Jaar oud in 1963. 🙂
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Vier geslagte Kok. Van Agter: Ek vermoed dit was Oupa Jan se ma met die name Jacoba Johanna Elizabeth (Geb Theron op 04 Januarie 1855). Oupa Jan Kok (Gebore 04 April 1880). Oom Johan Kok (Oupa Eben se oudste broer, gebore op 02 Mei 1908). Ek vermoed dit is oom Johan se oudste dogter, Gillian Louise Kok, Gebore op 18 Oktober 1934. Sy is getroud met Roy Tustin. Hy was ‘n prof in Veeartsenykunde aan Tukkies)
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Joretha en Oups Eben op Lady.
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My Oupagrootjie, Piet Rademan, op sy 95 ste verjaarsdag in 1933

In hierdie tyd skryf Ouma Santjie die volgende brief aan Ma in Potchefstroom :

Liefste Susan,

Ons het gister jou brief gekry baja dankie, ek was spyt om te sien dat jy so virkoude is, ek hoop darem dit gaan beter, met ons gaan dit goed ons is nou weer baja gesond. Pappie se oor is ook heel te maal gesond. Jy het seker nog nie gehoor dat Aunt Chathrina weer ?n seuntjie het nie, hy is die 23 ste gebore, hy is vndag 8 dae oud, laaste Dinsdag was sy net baja siek toe was ou Green daarheen hy sê dit is ook die griep wat sy het, maar nou gaan dit weer beter. Oom Freek was gister hier, Pieter was ook hier, ons vra vir hom wat is daar hy se daar is ?n bobbejaan ek vra wat is sy naam hy se Fransie

Hendrik van aunt Kotie was mos ook so baja siek, laats Sondag was ou Green daar en Maandag was Dr Heyns weer daar hy het glo Inflamatie, gister het oom Freek gese was hy bietjie beter maar vandag het ek nog nie weer gehoor nie, ek dink die dag met die Vandiesie het hy seker koue gekry want dit was mos so?n nare dag gewees.

Die ou Klein Kaffertjie van ou Viljoen het laaste Vrydag vir Brand, dit was mos so vreeslik koud daardie dag, en die meid het glo buite kant vuur gemaak en toe gaan sy mis optel toe sy sien toe was die ou kaffertjie in die volle vlam, Pappie het toe nog dieselfde middag die dokter daarheen laat gaan maar nog die selfde nag is hy dood.

Dina is vanaand hier, ons was vanmiddag daar en Maria het so aangehou laat sy moet saam kom.

Pappie het daarom die jaard vir die huis Klaar dit lyk net ewe gaaf.

Die hoenders by die windpomp le nog nie eers nie hier by die huis begin hulle nou net tamenlik te le

Oom Attie hulle het Saterdag nag hier geslaap en Miss Boshoff ook sy was saam met oom Attie hulle.

Hoe gaan dit met aunt Miem? Word sy nou al beter en wat se sy sal die dokter haar kan help ?

Mariaatjie was tog te hoog oor die brief wat sy van jou gekry het. Ek het nog nie eers aunt Cathrina se seun gesien nie.

Pappie had mos so ‘n skade met sy skape die Honde was daar onder, en hulle het 9 doodgebyt en nog ‘n hele paar stukkend gebyt. Die arme ou Bok het hulle net so verniel hy sal ook seker nog dood gaan, nou weet hulle nog nie eers wie se honde dit was nie, dis daarom ‘n vreeslike skade.

Nou liewe Susan die nieuws is nou op en ek is al vaak baja groete van Dina, Pappie, Mariaatjie en van mammie.

Jou liefhebbende moeder,

Sannie Uys

(I retained the original words used in the letter for historical context and accuracy. The word “Kaffertjie” is a derogatory term, the use of which is prohibited by law in SA)

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Die eerste bladsy van die brief wat Ouma aan Ma geskryf het in die koshuis op Potchefstroom.
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Die huis op Leeuspruit waarin ek gebore is op 03 Mei 1942
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Ek en Sannie en Uysie saam met Oupa Giel en Ouma Santjie. Ek vermoed die Baba by Ouma is Sybrand Strauss
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My fris boerevoorste. Oupagrootjie Piet Rademan met sy vyf dogters. Voor: Annie (Crause) en Santjie (Uys). Agter: Sarah (Smit), Kowa (Marx) en Nelie (Schoeman).
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Oupa Giel en Ouma Santjie saam met hulle 7 Kleinkinders. Sannie, Sybrand, Uysie, ek, Santjie, Giel en Marietjie.
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Sannie as klein dogtertjie met ‘n hanslam wat aan ‘n bottel drink
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Sannie, Uysie en ek by die Vuurtoring by Kaappunt met ons besoek in 1948.
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Die Blou Chef waarmee ons in 1952 die woonwa Winklespruit toe gesleep het.

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Met vakansie by Bananabeach. VLNR : Cecil, Miemie, Myra en Mike Webb, Sannie, Ma het ek en Pa. Ek vermoed Uysie het die foto geneem. Let tog op die das van Cecil op vakansie geddra het. Ek en Uysie roei saam met maats op ‘n boot in die Riviermond. Ek dink hulle was Opperman.

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Oom Jan staan by die plaalhek naby die huis op Leeuspruit

My Mom’s Photo Album 1 and 2


My Mom’s Photo Album 3 – Photos of my dad, his side of the family, the Kokke and my mom and dad’s wedding.


Photos of Mom and Dad


Elmar & Juanita’s Photos

Julie’s Beckmann Photos,

Many more to follow.


Eloise and kids

To be populated by Eloise & family with a selection of our own family photos.

The bottom left is Mikhail at one of his rugby matches.

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Many more to follow.


Minette’s Photos


Johann Otto’s side of the family

He prides himself that he went through high school and did not have one photo taken off him. To say he is camera shy is an understatement. 🙂 Here are a few of the photos I have of him and his family and what La has.


Further reading

Ander werk van Oom Jan is waar hy familie geskiedenis en fotos deel:

Oom Jan onthou

Oupa Eben Kok

Fotos van Oom Jan

Oom Jan onthou vir Sannie


 

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Chapter 15.00: Lauren Photos

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Lauren Photos

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For La’tjie, adapted from a Chris de Burgh song.

This is for La’tjie, sweet girl of mine, who is 19 today and far away,
A song for the baby who changed my life,
I’ll never forget when I saw you first,
I thought that my heart would burst,
With the love that I have;
As I watch you sleeping in here tonight,
And I hear your breathing so soft and light,
I cannot believe all the things that I feel,
When I hold you next to me,
It’s the love that I have;

Oh how my heart it is shining,

Oh how this heart is shining through,

With the love that I have;

And as you are growing from baby to child,
I share the wonders that are in your eyes,
And I am amazed at the way you change,
All according to the plan,
And the love that I have;
And when you are older you will go away,
You’ll see injustice and you’ll see pain,
But never forget that I’m always there,
Like a shadow by your side,
With the love that I have;

Oh, how my heart it is shining,

With the love that I have.

* adapted from a Chris de Burgh song he wrote when his girl was born

This poem captures much of my emotions as I think of my precious little one!  She is that and amazingly talented and beautiful!  I admire you more than most people on earth and learn from you every day!

Message From The Past

On 9 Dec 2011, I wrote the following for the kids.

T and La’tjie,

Finally, it feels as if summer has arrived.  I am sitting at Michaels, working.  My mind wanders.  It’s your last day of primary school today, T!

You guys are my most precious moments!

T, your first school day was in Vanderbijlpark, when we stayed with Ouma.  7 years ago!

We did not have money to pay for our own place.  We just lost Millennium Marketing and after that nothing seemed to work out.  The asking rate just always seemed to be more than the run rate.

I can’t believe its only 7 years ago!

You were going to school and I was trying to figure out the next business move.

Remember STAR!

I did some contract work for All Joy Foods.  I realised there are more opportunities in food than in chemicals and I changed focus.

I got a job at Stocks Meat Market in Cape Town and we moved to the Cape.

When the kids and Julie arrived in Cape Town – we had NO furniture. Here La sits on the only furniture we had – a wooden coffee table. We slept on blow-up mattresses and sat on camping chairs for months.

Your first school day in Cape Town at Groote Schuur Primary School.  Not one of us guessed that Mom would end up working at the school and you would become deputy-head boy!  Or that La’tjie would do drummies and become SA champs five years later!

I worked for Stocks.  I resigned after they decided not to implement the strategy that I was employed for originally.  I again got some contract work with a food company, Goosebumps Frozen Food Distributors and moved to Johannesburg for a year and a half.  It was during this time that I met Oscar who would become my partner and the man who would make Woodys a success with me.

When I came back, I started Woodys – 2008.  Oscar joined me in 2009.

Woodys finally brought stability in our lives from a work perspective.

We had the most amazing times in Cape Town and moving here from Gauteng was one of the best decisions of our lives!

We climbed the mountain probably a million times!

On Table Mountain – the day when we got stuck in a storm at the top.

Remember all our trips up Lions Head?  How scared I was the first time when we got to the chains and before I could do a thing you guys were up the chains to the horror of me and everybody watching you guys!

Remember the afternoons at Sea Point when we would go and eat MacDonald’s.  You guys would play put-putt and I would go for a run.

Waves at Seapoint. . . . Tris, standing his ground. . . only because he does NOT know what is behind him! :-))

How we would watch every movie in the DVD shop.  Play Wii games.  Braai’s with Paul and Claudette and takes drives around the Cape Peninsular.

Remember the bunk bed you guys slept on.  Remember “bear-bear” every night before you went to bed and Gruffalo’s Child?!

Remember the “smoking” incident the lesson that there are certain things you DO NOT tell your mom about!

Cheap Tuesday movies at Kennilworth and Lauren’s “play-and-eat” at the Spur!

Drives to Oudtshoorn to go and visit Ouma and your cousins.

So many good memories.

Remember the annual visits to your Grandparents for Christmas in Pretoria and the days on end you guys would spend in the pool.

Mom and I decided to give each other some space and divorce.  We did.

T became deputy head boy and learned that like me, you are not built for cricket!  

You started to LOVE rugby and in your last year of primary school were playing for the High School already.

La’tjie did not want to be forced into anything by grown-ups and decided to start doing Drummies.  SA champion!  What an amazing achievement!

T did what we have taught you all your life namely NOT to follow other people’s ideas of right and wrong and against my advice, you choose to go to Rondebosch next year.  A decision that I now support wholeheartedly, knowing that it is the right choice for you and one of the best schools in the country!

I have seen you develop from a boy, tempted by all kinds of insecurities, to a young man who is confident and independent.  A leader!

I have seen Lauren develop from a cute girl into a gorgeous child!

Its a time of growth and change for all of us.  Mom and I have the opportunity to move on with our lives.  I am working with Oscar at setting up the Woodys Factory, setting up our international trading partners.  Redefining my personal life.  When to hold on and when to move on.  When to hope and when to be realistic.  And the enjoyment of climbing Table Mountain every day!

I hope each of you finds your own Table Mountain one day!

Today is a day for thinking about next year, T!  So many things happened in the 7 years since you went to school for the first time.

You have the character, the determination and the eye for quality to be very successful in high school, as you have been in primary school.  As with La, I am very proud of the person that you are becoming and I treasure every moment with you!

La’tjie, you have such clear goals for next year.  It is amazing to see.  The excitement with which you approach every new day!  You are a beautiful child and I love the two of you very much.  I see the determination in your eyes which is in one sense, scary!  I can tell that nothing will stand in your way!

Your mom and dad are by no means perfect and of course, there are days when all is not fun and games.  Like us, you guys will one day also be in your late 30’s and early 40’s and you will have to face the daemons of your own past as people tend to do when they reach this age.

T, as you enter high school, and L