Today, my brain caught up to the rest of the world. Finally, I realised – this is real life now. You’re not going back to school. You’re now a university student. Welcome to the real world, Renate!
It had all seemed so unreal. I wrote matric exams. Finished exams. Went on “matriekvakansie.” Enjoyed the extra looooooooooong holiday. Lounged luxuriously at home still officially “on holiday” whilst my younger sisters slaved at school! Started Orientation week at the university. Stood in long queues together with students in orange, red and white university T-shirts. Yet still it didn’t feel real. My brain couldn’t process the fact that I’d never be going back to school again.
Until today I saw a girl in school uniform. A girl that I knew. Last year she was a normal Grade 11 girl in a standard blue pullover. Today she proudly wore her brand-new, sparkling white matric pullover. Like I used to wear mine.
And suddenly I felt very old.