Sunday, May 4, 2014
I have a few memories from around the same time, I must be about two and a half in each of these memories but I am not sure of the correct order of things.
We were living in Melton, a Western suburb that was considered a satelite city, it wasn't even city fringe back then. My Dad was air traffic controlling at Tullamarine airport and Mum was home with us kids. My sister was now at school in Prep and we had a baby in the house, I don't recall my Mum being pregnant or the arrival of my brother. I do remember my sister getting a new bunk bed built on the wall and that I had to go into her room. There was Holly Hobbie wallpaper.
The kitchen was all orange and brown. Bright orange benches and tiles, wonderful and bright. There is yellow 'bottle' glass in the front hallway.
Next door the neighbours on one side have a big dog called Duncan and everyone sings "I'd like to have a beer with Duncan" to the dog. I can't swing high enough to see over the fence to see the dog but my sister and the other kids in the street can. There are always other kids on our backyard, they are free to roam in and out along the street.
Then one day Mum wasn't there. I didn't know where she was but Dad was around all the time and we had fish and chips and the man up the street worked at a petrol place and because Mum wasn't home he came over and gave us kids ALL THE SMURFS.
This money smurf was the only one that survived for many years, I expect he is now lost too (the image is from ebay)
I don't recall being too concerned that Mum wasn't there but I do remember feeling so so so excited that we were the only kids to have every single Smurf figurine.
Mum clearly returned after a short stay in the hospital, but I don't recall anything about her return at all.