During the two years, after my dad’s passing, we bought a new home in Bellhome Street,Highbury; and we were leasing our family home, which was in Select Crescent, Highbury.
My brothers and I use to sleep in one room in Select Crescent; and me being a girl in my puberty stages, was not really ideal.
I loved the house in Bellhome Street, it was so spacious and I had my own room.
I thoroughly enjoyed those years, skyline rally’s, cousins always at our house on a weekend, braaing, drinking and laughter. Oh, yes we had 2 Skyline GTX’s(still in love with this car) and a beetle, we even named them. The ’83 model GTX was “Sky is the Limit”, ’87 model GTX was “One of a kind and a Great Behind” with a sub-heading, “Go to your dog box” and then the beetle was “Baby B!tch”. I was a car fanatic and still am; where “girls” would have fashion magazines, I would have car magazines.
My mom taught me everything there is to know about a car. I specifically remember one night, my mom, brothers and I were on our way to Stellenbosch via Botellary road and we got a flat tyre. My brothers, being boys, did not know a single thing about a car and had no interest either. So while they were just lazing on the backseat, my mom and I got out of the car on this dark road, I took out the spare wheel, found four bricks to place in front and behind the tyres that were still grounded, loosened the nuts a bit with the spanner, jacked up the car and loosened the nuts in order to remove them, took the tyre off, put the spare on, put the nuts back on, released the jack and tightened the nuts. I know, it’s easy right, I can give you a tutorial on how to remove a GTX’s gearbox, strip it and put it back together too .
I learnt quite a bit from my mom, about cars, how to fix household appliances, stripping wires of the cords, how to fix a hinge of a cupboard if the wood is worn, how to fix practically anything. She always use to tell me, “you will never need a man ”
Not just this, those who know how my mom use to drive, I drive just like her, like a man, which makes me a pretty good driver 😉
My dad was very lenient with my brothers, hence their lack of knowledge of a man’s required traits back then. Even something so small, impacted my life and theirs negatively. They became less responsible and I became overly responsible, especially where they were lacking.
Me, I started taking on so much responsibility and it made me seek attention in the wrong places, with the wrong people at the wrong time.
We moved from one house to the next; and all starts to unravel.