30 September 2017, Saturday
During my twenty three years on this earth I’ve learned that anything borne from love is worth celebrating. Something that I thought about while watching the kids today was the innocence in their eyes. It’s a worn out cliché, I know. But it made me think about all of the different rituals you could trace through anthropological study that celebrate youth, birth and conception. If you think about in spiritual terms, it is the unification of two of our world’s most ancient and strongest forces, the masculine and feminine energies. Before the cross became a universal symbol of Christian iconography it was thought by the ancients to represent the union of the masculine and feminine. The masculine being the vertical line alluding to phallic symbology, while the female was the horizontal line as it was thought to represent the womb. The amalgamation of these two energies creates the closest thing to magic that we, as humans, experience on this earth- the miracle of life.
This morning my mother and I had an early start as we set off to Lenica’s baby shower that was being held at the Jan Cilliers Park by her sister, one of my besties Deirdré. You may have read about her on the blog before, I tend to mention how amazing she is quite a lot and *spoiler alert* this post won’t be any different.
I’m not going to lie, I was a bit skeptical when I saw the venue was a park, mostly because all parks I’ve been to previously have been grossly unkept, littered and a sort of gathering spot for people doing drugs. But HOLY-ROMANTICISED-NATURAL-LANDSCAPE this park took my breathe away! Earlier this week I wrote a Visual Culture Studies test about the Romantic art movement and, to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated ecology so much before in my life. Not only did it have manicured lawns that would envy those on Desperate Housewives and gorgeous plants wherever you looked, but also a trickling stream that runs into a moderately sized dam. It was also huge and had lovely rows of trees kind of breaking the park into segments so that all the celebrations that were taking place there today (and there were quite a few!) almost had their own little slice of the park. The kids were running around, playing in the stream and having the time of their lives, while the grown ups lazed underneath the trees- a winning combination. It is also one of the very few parks that actually allows dogs, which is why I got to meet this gorgeous guy. Just look at those beautiful eyes! How can anyone not love dogs? In my opinion they are some of the purest souls to roam the earth.
By the way, I shot this photo on my iPhone 7 Plus using the ‘Depth’ option and I’m really impressed, not so much with the normal camera though. I wanted to take my DSLR camera with me, but it’s battery had run out. However, Deirdré being a part-time photographer, naturally took some pics on her camera, and as always, was generous enough to let me post them on here.
As per usual, Deirdré had planned and executed everything to the finest detail. The tree under which the shower was held was full of red and white paper airplanes that moved with the breeze and balancing on one of the refreshment tables was a sky board complete with clouds and the theme of the baby shower which was ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go”. All of the cookies looked like luggage and every cupcake had a mini paper airplane balancing on a toothpick in it. Deirdré and I share a passion for details and the effort that goes into making these type of events special, which is why I’m always extremely excited to see what she does next whenever I’m invited to an event she’s hosting. These punny little boards that were scattered on the snacks tables were my favourite though. I just adore a good pun!
Seen On Me:
Sunglasses | Ray Ban
Hat | Mr Price
Boiler Suit | Witchery
Bracelet | Pandora
Sneakers | Converse All Stars
I had so much fun celebrating the new life that we’ll be welcoming into the world soon.
To Lenica and Craig, I wish you nothing but joy, love, light and laughter ♡