I Caught a Bus


Today was the day…

I caught a bus. It must have been the first time in about 30 years I caught a Golden Arrow bus. It happened like this:

We decided to have a break from our usual walk to the beach, Mike runs and I swim, routine. Mike was feeling tired and running every single day is not necessarily good. He needs a break. I needed my car today, so I decided to walk across to Sun Valley to pick it up my. That would get me exercise and I’d get the car. But not long after I’d taken to the road, I decided this wasn’t such a hot plan. It’s so time consuming walking.  On the way I had concocted a plan to catch an informal taxi. I had always vowed to do this at least once in my life. This was a perfect opportunity to do so.

So after I walked about a kilometre and a half, I arrived at the Main Rd. just in time to see two very empty taxis rush past. Darn, I missed those. I stood on the edge of the road and saw another appear. In good African fashion, I waved my hand up and down at it. The taxi was empty. The driver was looking at his cell phone (yep) so didn’t see me. He flashed by. I decided to continue walking, but as I looked back, I saw a BUS! Ah, a bus going to Ocean View. This was my chance. As the bus approached, I waved my hand up and down and the bus stopped!

I climbed aboard and said in a loud voice (I’m wearing my mask and the bus driver has a screen between me and him), “I haven’t caught a bus in 30 years, how do I pay?” He asked where I was going and when I told him, he said, “R10.50!”

I paid the money and took my seat.  Some things never change. A bus is a bus!

He stopped at the main traffic lights as they were red, so I hopped off. How convenient that was. I may even do it again one day. Certainly cheaper than an Uber (which I still have never caught in South Africa!)

The main reason I needed my car was because last night I got onto Gumtree to look for a large mirror. I found what I was looking for…

I dropped the Irish seller a line. He was also selling bedside tables, so I took those as well. I hoped they would all fit in my car. At 1pm I rolled up to his parents’ house in Oranjezicht, loaded up the car, paid a discounted price for taking all and came home. I was really happy with the purchase. Mike and Courage looking to see how high it should go…

After I got home, I had a bite to eat and then worked for a while. Mike meantime, finished his tax return so now we are both up to date.

A quiet evening lies ahead.

1 John 3:18

Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂




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