December 16th is the Day of Reconciliation. This is a national holiday that remembers the end of the apartheid state in 1994. It signifies the reconciliation and hopeful unity of South Africa between races. Manenberg was technically closed this day of our trip, but they opened it for us so we could finish up the painting...which was everything.
Felicia, Sharnay, and Muneesah came to help us paint and Owens stayed home to relax and run errands. It was nice to have a day to just finish the mural without having the smaller children running around. All of our painting was accomplished!
When we arrived home, Owens had made us dinner! We had been going out to eat every night and it was nice to finally eat at home. (It was delicious, by the way) Later on in the evening, all 3 of us realize how sunny it was outside that day. While eating, I could feel myself radiating heat. Brent was warm, but Jamie was also radiating. After we took showers, we got in our jammies and did not move the rest of the evening. Except to turn pages in “Long Walk to Freedom” and to put aloe lotion on I cannot recall the last time that I have been that sunburnt.