Who wants to meet Nelson Mandela? I think most South Africans do - which means that actually very few will get the opportunity.
Internationally, the number of those who want to meet the great man probably runs into the billions.
A friend who works in the Mandela office complex tells me that an average of 80 faxed requests to see Mandela are received every day.
So why we do we think that any minute we want to see Madiba he will just pop over and chat?
I was appalled by comments made by the Reverend Motlalepule Chabaku, who I greatly admire, about Nelson Mandela last week at the funeral of musician Jabu Khanyile.
Khanyile had apparently asked to see and shake Mandela's hand on his sick bed just weeks before he died.
Chabaku told mourners at the memorial service for Khanyile: "Jabu wasn't the only person who has asked to meet Mandela without success. Even veterans of the struggle continue to have their requests to meet Mandela unfulfilled.
"However, Americans, some of them convicts and school dropouts, are able to meet him at will."
What is this? So now Nelson Mandela must rush around shaking hands and kissing people who want to see him? How long is this queue?
And what makes Khanyile so special that Madiba must rush to his bedside simply because he wishes it?
Nelson Mandela is old, people. He gave 27 years of his life in jail and decades more of the same life to struggle and service.
He cannot see everyone.
He will, however, see those who can help him with the causes he so successfully champions.
The rest of us plebeians will just have to live with that.