I guess its that time again, December. A time to reflect on the yeat that has been. What has been your highlights in 2014? What can you sit back and say, “dang, that was an achievement”? For me, it definitely has to turning 30…sssssssh. Let me not dwell much on that, I could write a book about my amazing 30 year journey. Lows? Maybe. But, lets hear what you, the reader has to say. Tell me about your ups and downs. Dont forget to party hard though…#keDezemba Bosssss. Lol. Remember your limits, lets not let it get out of hand. So, ups and downs of 2014?
So, all my life I have been surrounded by strong women, women of character, women who have gone through thick and thin. My late Granny, late Mom, my aunt Paulina, aunt Cathy and my mother in law. The list is endless. They have walked on tight ropes and yet emerged even stronger. The women I have mentioned have had an impact on my life. Now that I am blessed with a baby girl, I desire my child to some day have the same spirit and drive. In the past 3 and a half years, I have noticed how I have created an amazing bond with her. In these few years, I have seen the cumulative benefits of creating such bonds with my daughter. Stories from dads’ raising their little girls have inspired me to look at a few lessons that every man should have.
1) Love her mother, treat her with the utmost respect, honour and give her a great serving of affection. You want your daughter to fall in love and eventually marry a guy who will treat her much like you treated her mom.
2) Always be there for her. Note that quality time goes hand in glove with quantity time. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest your daughter through all the stages in her life. Now, that also means learning the Mickey Mouse Club House theme song.
3) Be her hero. Rise to all occassions as you will be required to wear that Superman outfit.
4) Every moment spent with your daughter must be a moment to cherish. Tickle her. Laugh at her sometimes not so funny jokes. A few weeks back, I picked my daughter from creche and in the car she says “Dad, I have a surprise for you”. Well, me being the person that I am, I got excited and asked her to show me, she dug into both her pockets and poured all the sand that was in there on the car seats. She did all of this with a loud “ka ka ka ka ka ka ka ka” type of laughter. I had to play along.
5) Pray for and with her, regularly, passionately and continually. Listen to what she prays about, you will be shocked. Lol
6) She will fight with her mom, your wife. Choose sides wisely. You dont want to sleep on the couch just because you bought her a sherbert and theres white powder everywhere just after mom has done the cleaning.
7) Yes, you will look silly playing certain games, (peek a boo), but go ahead, do it.
8) Its never too early to teach her about money matters. Well, she’s still going to suck your wallet dry as a teenager and definetly on her wedding day.
9) Dance with her. Do the Sushi, the Fenqe Fenqe Pakaaaaa and even the Random Rhythmless dance. Lol
10) Tell her that she is beautiful, that she is as smart as any boy and that you love her. Do this over and over again.
To all the dads who are their little girls’ heroes, I respect you. To those dads to be, may this be motivation to you.
The crime and violence against women and children needs to be top of the “to tackle” list. Question is, “For how long are we going to sit and not do anything about this issue?”. Thank you Peaches for the story you have shared with the world.
A great read. I must say, women are our pillars of strength. Clearly, Linda Nochlin looked at only one angle forgeting how powerful women are. Enjoy this. I did.
Why have there been no great women throughout history? I appropriate this question from Women Art and Power and Other Essays a book by Linda Nochlin. The question that was originally posed was: “why have there been no great women artists?”
This reading explores the reasons why women have not been in the spotlight throughout history and tries to answer this contentious question.
Firstly I would like to discuss the issue regarding the role of a woman in a patriarchal rule. The role, capabilities and even the story of women has always been told through the males perspective. As a result women have since been marginalised.
The ability of women has been suppressed by such a system. Only because she is of a weaker gender. I would like to stress the truth to that ideology – yes, women are generally weaker physically, however that notion doesn’t apply when we look…
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So, I’ve been dragging my feet, so to speak, though its actually supposed to be dragging my thumbs with talking about numbers.
Most of you know that Bee is a huge fan of numbers.
How many of us, by the show of hands, hate Maths? Are you that one person who only loved Maths when it was only about addition and subtraction, Tens and Units? Well, you are not alone. How is one expected in Grade 3 to know the monster called Long Division, with remainders for that matter?
Most probably the only time you enjoyed Maths was when your folks sent you to buy stuff and you had to bring change and had managed to “Mathematify” the change, “Fy Bob” aka 50 cents in your favour so you could go buy chewing gum. Most probably you might have enjoyed Maths only when you were the only one who had the Maths text book that had answers at the back.
Remember how everyone was a “mathematician” at primary school, well, maybe not everyone was. A certain Lish from KZN is allergic to Maths. If you want to pick a fight with her, just ask her what the sine of theta is.
Anyway, remember how you had second thoughts about continuing with Maths soon after that first Algebra lesson? The x + x = 2x. All I know is that you really try to avoid a situation where you have two ex’s together. They broke up long ago. How about that x times x is x squared? Why not x triangled or circled or something of that freakish nature.
What was Mr Pythagoras really up to when he noticed that he had to tell the world about the Hypotenuse?
Honestly, are we sure Mr Calculus was as clever as we think? Ok, differentiate 3x and the answer is 3. The word differentiate looks like it has something to do with differences. Shouldn’t the answer be 3 is a number and x is a letter? Why inequalities when we can equate with so much ease?
The less said about Hopitals Theorem the better. If only we could shift the “s” to between ‘o’ and ‘p’ maybe our brains would be functioning properly.
Gone are the days we would just use our fingers and toes to count. Remember the Roman Numerals? Funny enough, they also got tough when we were told that L is 50 and M is 100. Why not T or J or even Q? Gone are the days we just had to twang and say “tswo mplas tswo equanz mfo”.
At some point Maths will indeed come of age. He will start solving his problems and will stop looking for his x. She moved on.
In the next blog, I will be revealing why Maths is important. For example, it helped me come up with cool pick up lines like, “My love for you is like dividing by zero, can’t be defined”.
By the way, the term Partial Fractions has got nothing to do wit partying.
Though you think Maths hates you, never forget that Bee loves you. Yes, you, the reader.
How can the area of a circle be pie r_squared? It makes sense to say its “pizza r_circled”. Just my thought.
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