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Mandarb (May 12, 2013, 13:49:11 PM):
My S/O wasnt spared either, his long lost cousins - not seen for at least 15 odd years, were gobsmacked that he found a wife and assured him in all sincerity that they thought he would never get married because there is "iets fout met jou, jy's nie soos ander mense nie"

That is probably what my extended family thinks of me.
And this part:
to be told that I should have another child "ter wille van nasiebou"
That's bloody infuriating, racist apartheid christian reconstructionist bullshit.

I understand your frustration, being part of an Afrikaner family can make you pull your hair out.
brianvds (May 12, 2013, 16:21:30 PM):
Years ago, an Afrikaner omie told me in all seriousness that I should have three children. Two to replace my wife and I, and one "om die volk te bou."

He'd no doubt be disappointed that I never married nor had any children. But my brother has four, so the family genes are taken care of. He'll have to have two more, mind you, to build the nation... :-)
BoogieMonster (May 13, 2013, 10:37:49 AM):
Faerie, you had the same day on sat that I had on sunday. Baptism, afrikaans church service. Lots of pretoria afrikaners looking me up and down due to the length of my hair, and a thoroughly bizarre church service. Boy, it's been a while since I've been in a church and things have certainly changed, more like a concert than a service, really.

Funnily enough, I found myself a bit miffed at how things had changed. I had to remind myself that I don't care anymore. Almost like at some level I longed for a more conservative service. WTF?! I guess old habits do die hard.

I stood conspicuously silent as the congregation recited a statement of belief, and through the unrelenting series of hymns i'd never heard or seen before. The sermon: about 10 minutes total. We were in there for an hour and a half..... The dominee eyeing me directly from the pulpit, looking a bit confused at my non-participation. Somehow I was convinced I would get cornered after the service but this never happened. Perhaps because we were thankfully whisked away to the "after tea" which wasn't to be on church grounds.
Faerie (May 13, 2013, 11:08:37 AM):
I guess old habits do die hard.

I had a moment like that as well, when the dominee delivered his rather lengthy prayer, the kids were all over the hall "going mal", as one came tearing past me, I yanked him by his collar and abmonished him for making a noise during the prayer....

I mean, really, what do I care at this point of my life? let the kids run amock and scream at the top of their youthful lungs, should it really bother me? On the other hand, I suppose its the ingrained "respect" for others thing that made me do it rather than the prayer itself.

We're forever trapped by our upbringings. Sad but true, indoctrination has a way of popping up its nasty head at times.
Mefiante (May 13, 2013, 12:12:49 PM):
Sad but true, indoctrination has a way of popping up its nasty head at times.
Amen. ::) ;)



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