Love is all around

Andre van Reenen, Kenilworth

For 20-odd years I’ve driven down Waterloo Road, Wynberg,and have noticed nothing unusual, except for the heritage buildings in the Chelsea Village with its beautiful character.

In stark contrast, there have always been the traffic jams, not to mention the ill character of some taxi drivers, drivers on their cell phones.

While taking our “laat lammetjie” to pre-school one day, she shouted from the back, “There’s a heart – that tree is in a shape of a heart.”

At first we (my daughters and I) thought, “What is this child talking about?” But, sure as can be, there stood this tree, among many other trees along Waterloo Road, in the perfect shape of a heart.

A year or so later, sure as can be, the tree still maintained its character and perfect shape.

Gia made me realise, that despite the many things that go through our minds, we should not be distracted by the hassle of traffic and ill characters of some road users, but rather take our time, and, if we look hard enough, we will see love, firmly rooted, staring us square in the face. Also, our counsel may come from the least likeliest of sources.

What was more significant, was when I took the meaning of my family’s names, it gave me an emotional thrill.

Consider this then, while I was driving with Joy (my wife’s second name), Deniqua (morning star) and Tiffiny (God’s divine presence), Gia (grace) showed me the tree (love).

The character and shape of this tree can only be seen coming from the corner of Wolfe Street and Waterloo Road, looking from the side of Wolfe Street.