When our son was 3 years old he saw Madiba’s image on a book we have in our room.
He got the book down and asked me, “Mum, what is this man’s name again?” like he knew him really well but just couldn’t put his finger on it.
I said to him “that’s Nelson Mandela darling.”
And he replied “Ooooh … that’s right. You know what Mum? … he has helped so many people right around the world, and he is one of my heroes”.
I had never talked to our young man about who Madiba was or what he meant to me personally.
He will be 4 soon and will be sad to hear of the passing of one of his ‘heroes’.
Yours in unity through lateral love and spirit of care,
Nicola Butler – 6th December 2013