Our lives had changed in so many ways. Sue decided that enough was enough and walked out of school just before her matric year. She got a job at Barclays Bank in town. She was FREE. Dave also left school and got a job at the Daily News as an apprentice printer.
Wilf and Val were doing the best they could with their teenage kids. I’m sure they wished we would just go back and play in the drains. There were boyfriends and girlfriends and a lot of comings and goings. Dad didn’t like any of our boyfriends and he made that pretty obvious.
Sue started to come to church with me and things changed big time for her. We decided we wanted to be baptised. What a performance there was. All the christening photos were brought out and we were informed that we had already been baptised. Thank you very much. They finally came round and reluctantly agreed that we had no idea what we were doing, all dressed up in our christening gowns. We could barely see let alone believe.
Well, they came for our baptism. Wilf cried through the whole thing and it wasn’t long after that they were both born again. Peter joined them and Dave was always somewhere nearby, not wanting to be left out. We were a happy family once again.
Sue’s old flame, Rigby, was doing his compulsory 2 year army training. They hadn’t seen each other since they were 16. A common friend told Rigby that Sue had gone “all religious.” He wrote to her to find out. Lindy and I heard he was going to meet Sue, outside her bank, for lunch on Saturday. He had a weekend pass. We saw him there way ahead of time and we ran up to tell Sue that he was downstairs. She told us to stop spying. Well we didn’t stop. We watched them from across the road. They walked into the Golden Egg Restaurant at 320 West Street. It was so romantic. He went back to finish his training and we didn’t see him for a while.
One day when we were having fun in the pool, Rigby walked up our drive-way in his army uniform. He looked so handsome. Dad was still cautious but mum welcomed him with open arms and a toasted avocado sandwich. There was lots of talk. I liked him. He talked a lot about his baby sister Tiffany who he loved to bits and his big sister Vanessa who he didn’t see much. Their mum died of cancer when Tiffany was three. He told us about his stepmother and his step sisters. It sounded like a Grimm’s fairytale to me.
He wanted to know all about our family. There was lots of talk about our new found faith. He wanted to know everything. We happily gave him everything. I mean everything. I thought we wouldn’t see him again. One rainy night on his way back to camp, he cried to God about his wasted life and got a new one.
Whoever would have thought that a chocolate crunchy could have caused all that?
(See- Dad was a D.J)