Belonging in South Africa




South Africa is tame Africa, but just barely. Around the homes the bush still pushes in. There is an ancient rhythm to this land. The sand is white and soft like confection sugar and as my kids play in it they come out looking like dusted sugar cookies. There is the romance of Africa versus the reality. With in this land is a first world that butts right up against a third world. What’s separating these two worlds is a barbed wire fence. The townships (ghettos) appear out of no where in the sand dunes and then fill the land with tin shack after square tin shack. With roofs held down by old tires or the biggest rocks they could heft up. The stadium style lights shoot up at random in the middle of these shanties; to give their dusty narrow lanes dim light at night.

I’m not proud that my planet still has discrimination. I’m not proud of what my own country did some 150 years ago to African Americans or what was done to the Native Americans for hundreds of years. But for some reason these atrocities always felt like they were more in the past and separate from me. I guess nothing clings like the past. The Apartheid – the separateness- is starring me directly in the face here.

In South Africa I am reminded that we all came to Earth to belong.

To belong to a lover

To belong to someone or each other

To belong to a family

To belong to Society

And to belong to the Earth

Where we all eventually will return.


I see our world growing in tolerance and I believe our world is getting better. I hope you see it that way too. It’s a simple feeling of hope. Let’s stop stumbling over each other to be first. This world belongs to all of us and we all belong to each other so let’s go at it hand in hand.


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  • Samantha Tillotson
    Posted at 12:23h, 16 March Reply

    So well written kenzie. It is truly a foreign feeling being able to experience the two very far worlds so close together. Trying to see the world getting better but love your reminder! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Olga Pekalska
    Posted at 13:55h, 16 March Reply

    Absolutely, whole heartedly agree with you. It takes to much energy to be jealous, mean, racist, etc. I live my life trying to be kind to everyone even I don’t get that back in return. I bring that intoy classroom as well. I think that’s one of my favourite parts of teaching, knowing that these children are truly innocent and kind souls. Sharing your journey with them as well, helps to prove kindness and respect for all. I run a social justice club for our students and love how they want to bring kindness in our school, our community and the world at large.
    I could keep writing, but I’ll stop here…….and say thank you for sharing your kindness with us too.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 14:33h, 16 March Reply

      It does take a lot of energy to live in general! I am glad you are taking that effort and channeling it towards our future generation. You are shaping our future of kind leaders

  • Sandie Tillotson
    Posted at 14:43h, 16 March Reply

    Beautifully written M’Kenzie ..
    We are all children of God…

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 14:56h, 16 March Reply

      Thank you! ❤️

  • Iris May
    Posted at 15:50h, 16 March Reply

    I don’t usually comment but this is beautiful

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 17:24h, 16 March Reply

      Wow thank you Iris!

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