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2 days ago

Peanut Gallery 247

Tucking Kayden to bed this evening - our conversation headed to a place I didnโ€™t give any thought to and thinking about it nowโ€ฆI should have been prepared for this but I wasnโ€™t.

I was pointing out how lucky he is to have Emil as a Dad, one who believes in equal parenting and does so much for and with him.

And then he asked if my Dad was like that too.

My heart skipped a few beats. With a lump in my throat - I told him that I didnโ€™t have a Dad.
So he couldnโ€™t understand and he went on to askโ€ฆโ€but do you at least know if you have a Dad?โ€

All I could say was that, โ€œyes, because my Mum needed him cos women canโ€™t have a baby on their ownโ€ (I know they can but I wasnโ€™t going to try to explain that.)

Then he said, โ€œoh, he had to go to the hospital too when you were bornโ€ and I just said yes.

Luckily he was very sleepy so the conversation pretty much ended there โ€ฆfor tonight.

Iโ€™m going to be 45 years this year and yes, itโ€™s true - I donโ€™t know my father and never did. I wrote a blog post on that a while agoโ€ฆlet me find it and will post in the comments.
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4 days ago

Peanut Gallery 247

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4 days ago

Peanut Gallery 247

๐— ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ

Meet the Top 30 contestants vying for the title of Miss South Africa 2023.

They come from all of South Africaโ€™s nine provinces: Gauteng leads the field with nine contestants (with two from Tshwane); the Western Cape has five; KwaZulu Natal has four; the Eastern Cape and North West each are represented by three contestants; the Northern Cape and Limpopo each have two while Mpumalanga and Free State have one.

The 30 hopefuls are an impressive and diverse group and include B Com, science and psychology graduates as well as lawyers, teachers, architectural students, a film creative and a student pilot.

This yearโ€™s rules changes allowed both married women and those with children to enter: Both Jordan van der Vyver and Nicole Eksteen, who placed in this yearโ€™s Top 30, are married while Rozelle Bester has a five-year-old son.

A number are no strangers to the Miss South Africa pageant stage: Natasha Joubert represented the country at Miss Universe after she made the Top 3 in 2020; previously placed in the top 10 were Van der Vyver (2020), Keaoleboga Nkashe (2022) and Melissa Nayimuli (2020) while Bryoni Govender made the Top 12 in 2018.

More details in the captions of each image as well as in the comments.

Miss South Africa
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