Monday, July 3

the smell of excess

This is a public service announcement for all ex-Stellenbosch students.

Dear Maties

Now we're totally aware that this is not going to go down well with some of you. But in the inimitable words of Mary Poppins, just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down etc etc

There won't be a lot of sugar, but we'll say it now so as to soften the awful truth that follows.

All of us that have discussed this issue, love you and care deeply for you. We all think you are very smart and deserve all the recognition and justification that is due to you. I repeat: We think you are smart (but of course so do you), we love you (and so do you), we care about your well-being (what else is there?!).

Now we realise it was a lovely time in your life and you met wonderful people and had many, many exciting times. You came into your own really, grew up, developed something of personality (at least as much as you could between drunken episodes ha ha ha). You explored, you became aware, you found the font of knowledge and wisdom - and verily it was within you! You became aware of your awesome power to change the world. You bonded with your fellow world learners, you chatted until the wee hours of the morning, you woke up under bushes in the morning. It was a time if greatness.

We see that. We understand.


It's time to move on.

Whether you're aware of it or not, that strange mafioso thing you guys have got going for you is not enviable. It's sad. We're not saying that a little natter about the good ol' days isn't out of the question. But all the time? Has nothing else happened? Is there no other point of connection?

And no, we're REALLY, REALLY not jealous.

Go well, keep strong. Trust that there is, in fact, life after Stellenbosch.


The Rest of Us



Do Kwang said...

Not meaning to sound catty, but if you are going to devote a whole marathon post to the issue, it might be YOU who need to move on.
Hugs and kisses!

dorothy said...

ha ha ha meaow! :)

hardly marathon, but it was an opinion that needed catharsis - and what better place?

loves and hugs

Anonymous said...

Very well put T!

Pienk Zuit said...

Don't think you can convince Prof on this one. Not only is he a Matie, but he's a Wilgenhoffer as well. They're the WORST kind!

maeree said...


Pienk Zuit said...

Nee wag nou, ek was sarkasties! Ek is ook een.

dorothy said...

YOU SEE! 'hy IS''ek IS'

IT'S OVER PEOPLE! - dit moet 'was' wees nie waar nie?

se> maar net