Visited with my brother Boyce and his wife Gloria in Pietermaritzburg. My brother works in a hardware store and Gloria is a church minister. They live in a suburb called Glenwood. The name is much grander than the suburb deserves. This is a "coloured" suburb. Coloured in South Africa means mixed race. During the Apartheid years each race group had designated areas where they were allowed to live. This was one of the areas designated coloured.
This is an extremely poor area with many unemployed people. Most of those who are employed have low paying jobs due to a lack of education. Gloria is the minister of the Congregational church here. This church serves three denominations, Anglican, Methodist and Congregational, they all worship together in three languages, Afrikaans, isiZulu and English.Gloria is an ordained Methodist preacher.
Way back in the bad old days it would have been unheard of for whites to live in an area like this.
Last night tragedy struck and a house about four doors up the road burnt down. They had very little and now they have nothing. Neighbours took them in and cared for them. I was fast asleep when it happened and did not even hear the clamour of fire engines and police cars. My brother came and woke me up. There was not much we could do as there already was a huge crowd of people at the scene getting in the way of the police and fire fighters. Fortunately no one was injured.
It's good to visit with your family every now and again. Catch up with the latest news, remember things that happened during you childhood together and other good things.