Monday, 14 December 2015

14th of December

a Quote, to the start of a story, which will span across a few days:

" Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the great twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
                                                        Theodore Roosevelt, Hamilton Club, Chicago.  April 10, 1899.

In South Africa on the 16th of December something special happens.  It is a story some may know and it explains how a nation started a day of humble thanks giving!
Our ancestors had to make tough choices, it is not a modern phenomena.   It started in 1835, all because of wanting to be free and to be able to have a life, a choice.  Back in those days, every time the settlers spoke up, moved and started over again, the borders was shifted to include them.  Today we would look at this practice, as a ludicrous way to solve such an issue.
The solution was simple:  move as far away as possible, a fresh start, this is how the Great Trek came to be!
The pioneers "Voortrekkers", left everything behind and moved across untamed territory in separate groups, from 1835 to 1838.  The dangers they had to face, obstacles they would have to overcome, did not deter them in their quest for a better life. They would have to rely on themselves, taking each day and situation as it came along.  Anything they needed, they would have to make.  Everything from candles, soap, clothing,blankets, food, there would be no shops, just the unknown. How many of us would be able to be self sufficient today?

The story continues with an amazing piece of art and a craft that showcases their story in a very unique setting!    

to be continue......

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