Don’t Rock The Boat
I picked up NZTODAY in the dentist’s office yesterday and saw your article about your father’s book, Don’t Rock the Boat and suddenly I thought aha, the perfect birthday gift for Yvonne!
She’s my best friend and recently became a New Zealand citizen. She was an officer in the South African Navy for a couple of years, many years ago and always likened her time there as ‘Private Benjamin Deluxe’.
Although she did well she has many funny stories to tell of saluting with a pie in her one hand and not giving the correct command to stop troops from marching – causing what must have been a hilarious pile-up!
At another time she was getting ready for inspection during early training days. She was fully dressed in step-outs and just about to put her skirt on. However, it was about two sizes too small. Needless to say inspection was done and dusted in record time with her standing at attention in high heels, black stockings, white shirt, black tie, jacket and hat… but no skirt! It later became an item in their annual fundraiser concert – this time she did wear short pants!
Your father’s story (although I don’t know it, also being in New Zealand for only the past five years) is of course a serious issue from the sounds of it and I am sure she will be intrigued and possibly identify. Although she’s still fond of the Navy, hoping to serve in New Zealand, she often speaks of the rules and regulations.
Of course, I look forward to reading the book when she’s done with it :)
Perhaps your father’s book encourages all of us to write a book! Kind regards, Therése Davel ED. Thank you Therése for your fantastic letter. The story of Yvonne “sans” skirt at the inspection parade is priceless. You will enjoy my dad’s book because it is also full of amusing anecdotes as well as the serious side of his trial. And here is a shameless promotion for anyone interested in his book; it can be ordered from the author at email@example.com.