The old saying of not appreciating something or someone until it is gone can apply to any aspect our lives. All of my grandparents have long since passed away, but I still miss them. As a child, I did not fully appreciate them and their impact on my life. As an adult, I wish I could have had more time with them.
Ndaba Mandela grew up in his grandfather, Nelson Mandela‘s house. His 2018 book, Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela, is about growing up with his grandfather. While the world knew Nelson Mandela as a civil rights leader and humanitarian, Ndaba simply knew him as “granddad”.
It was a unique experience. While Ndaba would have preferred to have the household rules relaxed (as many young people who live with strict parents hope for), he also watched and listened as his grandfather interacted with world leaders and local government officials. Along the way, Ndaba absorbed wisdom as only one can with a grandparent who is active in their life.
I really appreciated this book. I appreciated it because shines a light on the human side of Mandela instead of just telling his story as an icon of recent history. I also felt like I related to Ndaba because I too, grew up with strict parents.
I recommend it.