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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Step Into the Museum My Friends...

Two posts in one day...a miracle indeed. 

This is not band related at all.

Ronnie over at Ronnie's Bandumentary has announced that the writing prompt for the day is: "When was the first time that you realized that your home was not like other people's homes?"

I think that I realized that my childhood home was not like my classmates and friends when I was about six years old.

Let me tell you why.

It's the decor.  It's been decorated pretty much the same way now for over 35 years.

What makes the decor so different?

Well, let's start with the zebra and springbok skins on the walls and hanging over chairs.

...and there's those African baskets.

....and the African wood drums.

...the giraffe tail hanging on the wall. 

Oh and don't forget the carved wooden masks...

Here are examples of what I am talking about that I found on the interwebs:

With half of my immediate family coming from and still living in South Africa, I guess it's to be expected?

Yeah, it kinda looks like a museum.  If you've ever visited the now closed Adventurer's Club at Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World, it kinda looks like that.  But unfortunately, we don't have any of those crazy costumed characters running around shouting "Conga Loosh!" (that would be fun though)

All this stuff is older than me.  Oh, and older than my older sister.   I've become very used to it.  I don't even notice it anymore.

I can remember coming home from playing at a friends house one Saturday afternoon when I was probably eight years old and asking my Mom:  why can't we have a normal house like everyone else?  I don't think I ever really got a good answer to that question.

So, as you can guess, my choice of decor in my own home has always been pretty traditional or as like to call it: "normal".

OK, your turn.  When was the first time that you realized that your home was not like other people's homes?


  1. Haha, I love that. I wish we had a theme... but it's really more like "Texas Pride" mixed with "everything else."

  2. I think that it looks very interesting and inviting :)

  3. My house was always very girly, very, very girly. Like old Victorian hats and porcelain dolls, pink walls, very girly. The thing is, my mom wanted a little boy so bad, in fact she tried and ended up with six girls. A boy never would have survived in that house! My dad barely survived!!!!

  4. I moved to Cape Town earlier this year from the US and there are some houses with all the things you've described, but not as many as you might think. Have you ever visited South Africa? It's surprisingly easy to live here because almost everyone speaks english. I have a lap band, but haven't gotten it adjust yet. I'm a little afraid to...It gives me no problems right now, but I am a little lose. But why mess with a good thing?