Let me introduce myself . . . For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a new mother to a 10-month-old baby girl, Cadence. I’m also eight months’ pregnant (no, no, I’m not crazy. I’m just very attracted to my husband, ha!). I’m a singer-songwriter and I’m Irish.
Meeting my husband in 2011 meant love would have me finish my music and TV career in Ireland, marry the love of my life, pack up my bags in the Emerald Isle and take on my hubby’s roller-coaster world in South Africa!
So why was I the one to make the move? Well for one, my husband’s career was a far steadier thing than mine. Being a singer is hard graft and never a sure thing! Kids, if I could give you one piece of advice: listen to your folks, stay in school and don’t aspire to be a rock star . . .
One minute you have a number one hit, the next you’re wondering, “Where the heck am I gonna get my inspiration for my next song? Where will my next gig be? Will people like my new material? Aaaaaah, and now here comes someone younger, hotter and more talented than me . . . Where to now?”
I was lucky I got 10 years from the music business and many, many fun, fond memories. Anyway, taking on Graeme’s life would mean A LOT of travelling, a new thing for me, which is wonderful but now with a baby it’s a little more difficult (we’ll cover that in a later blog). So then came a change in “lifestyle”.
“But Ireland is a stunning country; why wouldn’t the lifestyle be great there and why would she wanna leave?” you’re probably wondering. Well, let me tell you my second reason . . . Weather! That big beautiful ball in the sky that makes everyone look so sunkissed, healthy, happy and has people out socialising in wonderful restaurants all week long.
You guys get sun here and you get a lot of it. Don’t take it for granted; wear your sunblock but get out in that sun every chance you can. Ireland is a magical country but looking at it through your rainy living room window isn’t that great.
Now thirdly, the people! The people here are great; our group of friends here are super special, and for the most part strangers I meet from day to day are very friendly.
So all in all I love South Africa, particularly Cape Town. Ireland will always have my soul but South Africa is quickly setting up shop in my heart.
Now on the other hand, South Africans’ first impression of me . . . hmmmm . . . So I was the one who took the national cricket captain from his press conference after the World Cup a few years back. “That woman!” Yes, she is me!
While understanding how passionate the sports fans here are, I will never see my husband coming to Ireland to ask my father for my hand in marriage as a bad thing. So with that, my coming here and marrying Graeme was not a joyous event for everyone, but it was for everyone involved.
As an Irish woman I don’t hold back. I have an open heart and a playful humour and so my words have in the past, in public, got me into trouble – you know what I’m talking about! Sometimes being so tongue-in-cheek in front of strangers can go down like a lead balloon!
I think when people can learn to separate me from my husband ? because honestly we are like chalk and cheese ? they will enjoy me a lot more. Graeme is bashful, humble and contrary to belief very quiet. I’m just that bit cheekier and a bit more outrageous but I’m passionate and never intend to offend, disrespect or annoy anyone. Promise!
So I’m going to start blogging here and perhaps touch on some subjects that will rouse your interests. And hopefully we can all become friends. Yay!
With a new marriage, a new baby and a big adventure in South Africa just beginning, maybe along the way we’ll have some things in common.
Pleased to meet you.
-Morgan Deane Smith
*Morgan Deane Smith is the wife of cricket star Graeme Smith