Saying goodbye to the Schuttes

December 28th, 2006 by Thinus Leave a reply »

O.R. Thambo International Airport
Near: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -26.13278, 28.23177
When: 2006-12-28
Who: Stefan, Mariaan, Thinus, Doepies

Saying goodbye to the Schuttes I met Mariaan in 2003 at church and Stefan close after that at Aardklop in Potchefstroom. Since then our friendship grew, and we became very close.

They later got married and invited me right into their home. We formed a weekly bible study group, went together on almost all the hiking trips up to now, shared numerous passions and had deep and insightful talks over a good Whiskey. All and all, good times.

As we got back from Kosi bay & Sodwana (our last trip together, report pending…), they told us that Dr. Stefan got an opportunity to work in New Zealand, and that they had accepted it. This was sudden bad news for us indeed!

Well, tears were shed, some good farewell parties involving Jacuzzis were held (or rather survived) but we knew that we will have one more place in the world were we would be welcome for a road (sea/air) trip.

Saying goodbye to the SchuttesSo, today I drove from my holiday in Hazyview, for 600km in poring rain to say good bye to them at the Johannesburg airport. The weather was perfect for sad goodbyes like today’s, but we had a beer at the airport’s African pub, and rather talked about some of the better memories. As we had our share of tears already, the air today was rather filled with excitement and a sense of adventure. This is how inevitable goodbyes should be.

Dreams should be dreamed, but when we wake up, they should come alive, and we then must follow them. We will come and visit. Maybe not soon, as a ticket costs as much as the Jeep I’m saving for…

We will surely miss you guys in our lives, as you both have touched and moved us. For the good.

1 comment

  1. Mariaan Schutte says:

    Thinus, soms gaan dit moeilik met die verlange in n vreemde land. Wanneer ons hoor van die trippies wat ons flippen baie geniet het is dit veral erg. Ons wil alles hoor van julle ekspidisies. Ons hoop dat ons weer deel kan he aan die staptoere.

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