Have you ever met someone and known that despite being different you were meant to be together..?
Love is just so unpredictable. It takes you places and even jets you along paths of life that you would never have thought to explore. I guess my journey of life and love led me to the most amazing partner that I could ever dream of having…
Now I was a girl who did not even consider the fact that I may marry someone from another religion, let alone another culture or even another country. Yet these are some of the things that make Vije so unique and so special. Although Vije has grown up in South Africa, he is Sri Lankan by birth and that has opened up a new world for me.
Vije still has his gran, who is now 85-years-old living in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a beautiful island situated in the South of India. For the first time in my life I experienced Sri Lanka 2 years ago, when we attended Vije’s brother’s wedding. It was an experience I will never forget. One of my fears was that I will never be able to communicate with anyone in the country because Tamil and Sinhalese are the main languages spoken there. Somehow I did manage to fit in and the locals accommodated me.
What was even scarier for me, was meeting Vije’s entire family during this holiday. They’re a traditional family who’s still trying to figure out my job title… They always wanted Vije to have an arranged marriage with someone from Sri Lanka but life happens and things change. Even though Vije never married the person they wanted him too, they never treated me differently during my stay. The one person that surprised me the most was his grandmother. Now you need to understand the relationship that Vije has with his grandmother.
Theirs is a special and incomparable relationship. Vije spent most of his Sri Lankan childhood with her. I guess that in a way this made me more nervous as I was afraid that because I did not fit the idea of the bride that they would have chosen for Vije (I was not from Sri Lanka, and I do not share his religious beliefs) that she would not like me. She made me realise how foolish my fears were. She took me in with open arms and tried her best to communicate with me even though she knows very little English. I remember being so nervous, my stomach had a twirling sensation. What do I say? How do I greet her? Will she even like me?
After meeting her, I realised that one can communicate without even saying a word. Language was a barrier but we still communicated. She was the one that initially agreed to allow Vije and I to get married and I never understood why until I met her. You see family is very important to this amazing lady and all she wants is for her family to be happy.
It hurts me that my daughter has no idea that she has a great-grandmother and I’m not even sure as to when Kitana will see her again. Vije’s granny lives in the family house situated in a village up north of Sri Lanka (Point Pedro). Life there is completely different compared to South Africa. We try to chat on the phone but that is not enough. One cannot comprehend culture and values from Skype…
I want my kids to know their father’s beautiful Sri Lankan culture and I want them to embrace their roots, to appreciate life and family and experience every avenue of it. Right now, I wish I could be reunited with Vije’s granny. I’d love to spend a month with her to get to know her and of course for her to bond with Kitana.
How many of you have family far way and wish that you could be reunited with them? Don’t you wish that sometimes we could just afford to go away and embrace the things that we truly miss – relive childhood memories and savour time with the people who mean so much to us, with people who shaped us without even trying…?
It seems like a little birdy has been listening and decided to run a competition to reunite loved ones.
Matrix Vehicle Tracking believe in family and they want to bring you home safely. In a country where families and friends are often scattered, this is their way of proving it. The brand has launched a competition encouraging fans to share stories about who in SA you miss and why.
They will award one lucky Matrix fan with the chance to fly to your loved one, or have your loved one flown over to you anywhere in South Africa, and together enjoy the ultimate all expenses paid reunion up to the value of R25 000! Now even though, this competition can’t reunite me with Vije’s granny, it can reunite you with your loved one.
Why not take a chance and enter this competition? After all you cannot win unless you enter. They don’t just want to reunite you – they want to create memories with you….
And because they are so generous, they also have incredible weekly spot prizes up for grabs!
You can enter by visiting the website -> www.matrixreunitingsa.co.za and sharing your story.
Please note the competition is for South Africa only. Terms & Conditions apply.
The competition ends 3 July. Good luck! 😉