In the labyrinthine corridors of a distinguished Johannesburg rehab, decorated with life-affirming posters that seem to shout “You can do it!” in fifty shades of pastel optimism, roams Larry “The Old-Timer” Ndlovu. A veteran sage in the mystic arts of sobriety, his steps echo with the wisdom of a man who’s trodden the path of recovery so long, he’s practically paved it.

Larry’s quips are the stuff of legend—a series of well-worn adages, polished by time like the pebbles of the East Rand. “Just for today,” he proclaims with a punctuated nod, usually after imparting a parable mirroring Aesop’s fables, if only Aesop had fashioned his tales in the shade of Benoni’s recovery circles.

One might wonder if Larry has a secret playbook, titled “Clichés to Keep You Clean,” stored in his mental library next to “How to Give Unsolicited Advice Without Appearing Rude.” His advice strings along the delicate balance of heartwarming and ever-so-slightly patronizing like a Kempton Park street vendor perfecting the art of a sale.

In sessions that can sometimes feel as terse as a Boksburg morning, Larry’s presence brings warmth—or at least the familiarity of a recurrent echo. “It’s a journey, not a destination,” he utters, gazing out the window as if he can actually see the metaphorical road stretching ahead, peppered with pitfalls that only a seasoned traveller like him could navigate.

Newcomers listen in mixed reverence and bewilderment, discerning the line between profound insight and another round of ‘Larry’s Greatest Hits’. This is not to say that his anecdotes lack substance; on the contrary, his stories are as immersive as the Johannesburg skyline dipped in hues of gold at sunset, each building a symbol, each light a beacon of hope in a city whose heartbeat thrums with a complex rhythm.

Yet, some say there’s a sparkle in Larry’s eye—a twinkle of knowing mischief—that reveals the dark humor in his delivery. It is a sophisticated sort of jest, the sort that tickles your intellect before it registers a beat away from your heart. When he proclaims, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” you can’t help but chuckle at the drollery of the institution itself, its gorgeous redundancy, and the all-too-human dance of trial and error.

But tread lightly, seeker of sobriety, for behind these walls exists a delicate balance: the play of light and shadow, the juxtaposition of tenacity and frailty. Larry’s tales, though often encased in the veil of humor, honor the sacred journey each occupant takes—a journey that threads through the streets of Gauteng like a silent promise whispered amongst the jacarandas.

So let us raise a non-alcoholic toast to Larry “The Old-Timer” Ndlovu, keeper of tales, prophet of the well-timed punchline, and guardian of every soul seeking solace in the sanctity of sobriety. May his words reverberate from Johannesburg to the outer edges of the East Rand, and beyond: a mantra for the weary, a light for the lost, and a chuckle for those who know the worth of weathered words within walls.

In the spirit of Larry, remember: this tale is a mosaic of fiction, stitched with threads of truth—sometimes the best stories are the ones we recognize ourselves in, even if the characters are purely the craft of conjuration.

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