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Ek moet sê; daar was so 'n effense aanloop met die dat Tert besluit het om die terrein van aftrede en aftree oorde en ouetehuise beter te verken. Nie as besoeker nie, maar as inwoner. Ek sê vir hom; ek sê: “Jong, dink jy nie dis bietjie vroeg om nou al te begin dink aan ouetehuise en die klas van goed nie? Ek bedoel, ons is nog nie eers heeltemal sestig nie, en daar is nog sommer baie jare se lewe in ons lywe oor as ons nie dalk voortydig lepel in die dak steek nie.” Ouetehuise en aftree oorde is nog nie in my woordeskat opgeneem nie. Ek dink nog nie eers aan aftree nie, wat nog te sê ouetehuise!! Tert sê daar het so 'n ietsietjie plaasgevind wat hom laat besluit het om bietjie ondersoek in te stel. So 'n klein ou ietsietjie. Ek sê: “Wat?” Hy sê: “Man, so twee weke gelede was dit mos my en Lien se vyftigste herdenking…” My kop maak somme. Ek en Ilse is hierdie jaar vier en dertig jaar getroud, en Tert en Lien so kort kop na ons. Ek weet nie waar kry hy 'n vyftigste herdenking vandaan nie. Ek vra hom: “Jou somme klop nie lekker nie. Hoe kom jy by vyftig uit? Jy sou nou, ook soos ek, vier en dertig jaar se getroude lewe agter die blad gehad het as julle nie toentertyd heel onnooslik besluit het om te skei nie. Gelukkig kon julle darem weer oppatch, maar by vyftig kom ek nie uit nie.” “Man,” sê Tert, “jy moet onthou, ek en Lien was in graad een al gekys, en dis hierdie jaar net mooi vyftig jaar gelede. Verlede week, die vyfde Februarie, om presies te wees.” Nou toe nou. Ek is stom verbaas. Dan is daar nogal 'n effense romantiese streep in die ou maat van my, en dit nadat Lien hom toentertyd daarvan beskuldig het dat Tert so romanties soos 'n strykplank is. “Nou wat het hierdie herdenking van julle dan nou met die ouetehuis te doen?” wil ek verder weet. “Ai” sug Tert, “ jy sien, verlede week vat ek mos vir Lien weer terug Laerskool toe. Juffrou Coetzee se ou klas. Jy onthou? Die eerste een op linkerkant as jy van die seuns se kamerverlaat afkom?” Ek maak my oë toe. In my gedagte sien ek nog die klaskamer met ou juffrou Coetzee wat voor haar tafel staan. “Elkgeval,” ruk Tert my terug in die hede, “ ek en Lien het vir Klein Lien by die skool gaan haal, toe ek vir haar sê dat ons bietjie 'n draai by die ou klaskamer moet gaan maak. Wat sy nie geweet het nie, was dat ek en die juffrou bietjie gekonkel het. Ek het vir die juffrou 'n rooi roos en 'n blompotjie gegee wat sy op die tafeltjie moes sit waar Lien gesit het toe ons in graad een was. Die

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oorspronklike tafeltjie is lankal met 'n nuwer een vervang. Op die ou tafeltjie het ek eendag 'n hart in die hout uitgekrap. Bo-aan het ek geskryf 'Gert' en onder het ek geskryf 'Lien'. Met 'n pyl daardeur soos ek op my ouboet se passerblik gesien het. Juffrou Coetzee het dit gesien en my 'n vreeslike loesing gegee. Maar nietemin, ons stap toe klas toe en daar staan die rooi roos in die blompotjie op die tafeltjie. Ag, ou Lien was skoon in trane, en so ook die juffrou. Vir die kleintjies was dit 'n jolige affêre, want die juffrou haal toe die koek met die vyftig kersies daarop uit wat ek ook skelm daar ingedra het en Lien moes kersies doodblaas. Voor jy kon sê “skoolkys” was die koek opgeëet en Lien se oë baie, baie blink. Ag dit was lekker,” en Tert vryf oor sy maag. “En die ouetehuis-ding? Waar pas dit nou in?” Ek klou soos 'n neet aan 'n storie.

En ja, Lien is toe nie so skelm soos julle miskien gedink het nie. Nadat die sekuriteitsmanne weg is, het Tert haar “oortuig” dat sy die sak met geld moet gaan terug gee. Tot haar krediet moet ek sê dat sy nooit eers die sak oopgemaak het nie. Nog net so geseël het sy dit later vir die maatskappy gaan gee. Tydens Tert se navorsing oor ouetehuise en aftree oorde en dinge het hy by Rusoord 'n draai gaan maak om te kyk hoe dit daar lyk. Hy het selfs 'n onderhoud gehad met die nuwe Direkteur van Rusoord, 'n mevrou een-of anderiemand (ek onthou nie mooi nie). “Hoe bepaal julle of 'n persoon reg is vir opname en waar die voornemende inwoner geplaas moet word?” wil Tert van haar weet. “Wel,” sê die Direkteur, “eerstens maak ons 'n bad so half met water en dan gee ons die persoon 'n teelepel, 'n teekoppie en 'n emmer en vra hulle om die bad leeg te maak.” “O,” sê Tert, “ek verstaan. 'n Normale mens sal natuurlik die emmer gebruik want dit is groter as die teelepel of die teekoppie.” “Nee meneer,” sê die Direkteur sonder enige emosie op haar gesig, “'n normale mens sal die prop uittrek. Wil jy 'n kamer hê met 'n uitsig oor die agtertuin, of verkies jy om heeldag vir die kerk oorkant die pad te kyk?” Vies is Tert daar weg. Toe laat druk hy vir hom 'n T-hemp met die woorde: “Op my ouderdom het ek ALLES gesien, ALLES gehoor, ALLES gedoen, en ALLES vergeet!” Nou moet Tert die Themp soos goud in die kluis toesluit, want Lien dreig om met alle geweld 'n karlap van die ding te maak.

“Jong jy! Nou ja, met Klein Lien aan die hand stap ons later van die skool af huistoe, verby ons ou huis in Pienaarstraat waar my pa-hulle gebly het vandat ek skool toe is tot lank na ek en Lien getroud is. Lienhulle se huis was so skuins oorkant ons s'n. Oppad soontoe kom daar een van hierdie sekuriteit voertuie by ons verby en eensklaps vlieg die agterdeur oop en 'n sak val uit. Die ouens in die voertuig is sielsalig onbewus van die ding. Lien tel gou die sak op. Ek sê vir haar dis nie ons goed nie, ons moet dit loop terug gee. Sy reken optelgoed is hougoed. Ek stry en sy stry en daar is die mooi van die dag in sy peetjie. By die huis gekom, bêre sy die sak in die gangkas.” En gister kom Tert oop-en-toe daar by my aan waar ek rustig op die “Die volgende dag was dit 'n Woensdagmiddag op die stoep sit. b e d r y w i g h e i d s o o s d i e “Ek het besluit,” sê Tert. “Wat sekuriteitsmense die wêreld besluit,” vra ek. “Die ouetehuisgefynkam het. Hier teen elfuur ding? Ek gaan na die Holliday Inn was daar 'n klop aan die deur. Lien toe as die tyd vir my aanbreek. Dis maak oop en daar staan twee baie goedkoper daar.” “Nê!” sê ek, sekuriteitsmanne in uniform voor “goedkoper? Ek glo dit nie.” “Ja”, haar. 'Nee sê Lien, sy het niks sê hy, “jy sien; ek het oral navorsing gewaar nie'. 'Sy jok', sê ek. 'Sy het gedoen en ek het plekke gesien die sak opgetel Dis in die w a t b a i e s o o s ' n J o o d s e gangkas.' 'Moet julle nie aan die konsentrasiekamp in die tweede oom steur nie, hy is al half seniel', wêreldoorlog lyk, en dan het ek sê Lien agter haar hand, maar hard gemiddelde plekke gesien, en dan genoeg dat ek kan hoor. Die twee het ek bietjie meer luukser plekke manne kom in. 'Vertel ons bietjie gesien. En toe net vir die meer?' 'Man', sê ek, 'gister het ons snaaksigheid val ek laasweek een na skool huistoe gestap'…… oggend by die Holiday Inn in om te 'Skool?! Watter skool?' 'Die hoor van hulle tariewe.” “En?” laerskool natuurlik! Die een hier “Nee, jy sien, by 'n redelik luukse onder op die hoek!'” aftree oord / ouetehuis vra hulle min of meer R855.00 per dag vir 'n “ 'Shame', sê die dikke aan sy dubbelkamer.” “En by die Holiday maat. 'Dit lyk my die ou oom is Inn?” “Die Holiday Inn kwoteer, na regtig half kens. Kom ons waai', en pensioenaris-en langtermyndaar loop hulle verder die straat af.” afslag, net R600.00 per dag. Ontbyt ingesluit met 'n “Dis toe dat ek besluit dat ek regtig ontspanningsuur in die middag moet begin kyk na hierdie aftree boonop. As ons in die Holiday Inn oord ding, jy verstaan?”

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bly, is daar nog R255.00 per dag oor vir kamerdiens etes of selfs 'n ligte middagete in 'n restaurant. Of dit kan vir wasgoed, fooitjies of spesiale TV flieks gebruik word! Plus, my ou maat, plus, hulle verskaf 'n spa, swembad, gimnasium, eetkamer, wasmasjien en tuimeldroeër, die daaglikse koerant en baie meer! En dan nog gratis skeermesse, sjampoo, seep en opknapper, handdoeke en beddegoed.” Tert het nie meer vingers oor om op te noem nie. “Dink net hoeveel kan 'n mens spaar!” Tert is skoon uitasem van al die voordele wat hy so uitryg. “En as jy ruim fooitjies gee, dan word jy op die hande gedra en hulle behandel jou soos 'n kliënt en nie soos 'n pasiënt nie.” “Nê,” sê ek weer. “Ja,:” sê Tert op sy beurt. “En ek gaan my kar verkoop, want daar is 'n busstop reg by die voordeur onder die dak en pensioenarisse ry verniet! Daar is boonop 'n gholfkarretjie wat jou gratis op die terrein rondry as jy bietjie vars lug soek. En die Kerk se bussie kom laai Sondae almal wat wil Kerk toe gaan op en bring hulle weer terug. En wat meer is, jy hoef nie in dieselfde Holiday Inn te bly nie. Jy kan die hele land deur toer met behoud van al die voordele. Daar is tot 'n Holiday Inn in die Bahamas ook!” “Ja, maar jy moet eers daar kom”, sê ek. “So? Iewers moet ek gaan vakansie hou en dit kan net sowel daar wees! Breek die TV, het die ligte geblaas, kort jy 'n nuwe matras? Geen probleem! Hulle maak dadelik reg of vervang dit met 'n nuwe. Die gordyne, meub els en ander binnenshuise versiergoeters word ook gereeld vervang en dit kos jou nie 'n sent nie! Indien nodig bel die ontvangs die ambulans of die dokter. En ingeval jy dalk val of 'n heup of 'n arm breek, betaal die Holiday Inn se versekering al die mediese uitgawes asook 'n pyn toelaag. Dan gradeer hulle jou op na 'n luukse suite vir die res van jou lewe.” “En as die kinders kom kuier, dan word dit sommer 'n lekker kort vakansie; veral as dit by Margate se Holiday Inn is! Die waglys by ordentlike ouetehuise is maande of selfs jare lank, terwyl die Holiday Inn jou sommer dadelik sal invat. Waarvoor kan 'n mens meer vra?! Ek tree net môre af!” “My ou maat,” sê ek na 'n rukkie se nadink, “ as 'n ding te goed is om waar te wees, dan is dit gewoonlik te goed om waar te wees. Luister, vergeet nou maar eers van ouetehuise en goeters en dinge. Ons het nog te veel dinge om saam te doen. On the rocks, of moet ek water bygooi?” vra ek terwyl ek 'n ietsie in die glas skink.


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