Fast forward 3 years, and the National Party pull out of the coalition government and I realise that there really is no future for our then 4yo daughter (or for us for that matter) and I turn to A that Sunday night and say "Right - I'm ready to leave." which he finds rather strange as it's 8pm on a Sunday night and we weren't planning on going anywhere.
Then, I patiently explain that I am ready to look at moving countries and he does a happy dance - because he has been waiting 3 years for me to change my mind !!! So we look in the paper, find an immigration agent who just happens to be advertising a seminar the next night. So I phone the next morning and book us in. We drop K with my in-laws and off we go.
Because A has a trade and is under 35, we qualify on points - it's just whether or not Australia actually want us. And so the long, drawn out process begins. We put in our application in May 1996 and we find out we had been accepted in March 1998. We come out here on an LSD (look, see and decide) trip in October 1998, go back to South Africa, put our house on the market, tidy up our affairs (well as much as we could) and land here on 29 January 2000.
I cannot begin to express how thankful I am to have the opportunity to live in this wonderful country. To be able to call this country home. To raise our daughter in a country that has far less violence than we are used to. To be able to let her ride her bike in the street and play outside without fear of what may happen to her.
Yes, I know that bad things happen in this country. But they are far less frequent than what happens in SA. The fact that I can go for a run at 8pm at night is something I am so thankful for. The fact that I can drive around with my doors unlocked and my windows down are things I am thankful for. The fact that I can wear my jewellery without fear of being strangled as someone tries to yank my necklace, or actually chop my hands off to get my rings and bracelets - these are things that I am thankful for.
Do I miss South Africa ? Absolutely - it is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever travelled through.
Do I miss the violence and blood shed ? Not a bit.
Would I ever go back ? Highly unlikely because I am too scared I won't make it home.
Am I worried about the increasing violence in Australia ? Absolutely - where would we move to from here to get away from it ?
What are you thankful for today ?
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