“You are a child of the universe. No less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here.” Although that quote by Desiderata is a memoriam on a park bench in Steenbok Nature Reserve on Leisure Isle, it also felt entirely appropriate to the living and, especially, the 7 kids and 1 teen from Judah Square who had joined me for a hike.
Sunday was appropriately named, a gloriously sunny day, part of a week that had given us relief from Winter. We’d broken away from the crowd of 29 (and 3 small dogs) who were on their way to Bollard Bay, the beach on the southerly side of Leisure Isle. Here, on the north, the grass was green and for all, except one, it was their first time here.
It’s one of Knysna’s prettiest walks. The pathways are well kept and indigenous plants abound which gave me good reason to explain what “indigenous” and “alien” mean. These Rastafari kids were quick to point out one of those that was labelled Wild Dagga – i had to smile…and compliment their reading skill:) They were more fascinated by a view of the bowling green, curious to what the goal was, and impressed at the tennis courts even though they were disapointedly empty on such a lovely day. There, the paved path ends and enters a nature trail that heads through bush to the wetlands beside the Knysna Estuary. Through a crowd of trees and you’re standing on Kingfisher Creek.
We were the only ones there. It amazes me how often Knysna’s residents say that there’s nothing to do when there’s always so much natural wonder to enjoy. Nevertheless, it felt good to share this unspoilt beach with these kids who deserve to know how amazing their home town is.
Tide was rising so we cooled our ankles as we rounded the bend towards Bollard Bay and the rest of the kids. I’ll tell you about that next time.