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On the Fly: Food & Love (Part II) 

click to enlarge Adam and Jessica first met and fell in love in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1998. Now they're back for the first time together.
  • Adam and Jessica first met and fell in love in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1998. Now they're back for the first time together.

Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa felt like a momentous occasion. We had made it through Asia’s challenges and almost halfway through our trip. It also felt like a big deal because this was the place where many things began. In our family, anyway.

Cape Town is the birthplace of my maternal grandmother and my father. It is also where I met and fell madly in love with Adam, in June 1998. Adam and I were transformed as much by our passion for this beautiful, complicated, troubled, inspiring place as by our love for each other. The backdrop of our love was the New South Africa, a country full of hope and expectation only four years post-apartheid. (Our oldest daughter’s middle name is Hope, named after this extraordinary time in our life and South Africa’s history.) 

Although I had been back to Cape Town since 1998, we had not returned together since we met.

It was extremely special to come back here with our three children, to show them the country that holds a huge place in our family history — and our hearts. We were excited to show them where we lived, to talk about the incredible history and culture of this country, to show them my father’s old house, my grandfather’s business and even the restaurant where Adam and I had our first date. We wanted to introduce them to the country that made their lives possible.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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