Kristy, I am sure I could read your stories all day :) Thanks for the reply, I won't be able to take the 8 minute drive to Airlie again without thinking of your school bus story! And we still pop the toads! :D
LOL! Fancy you living so near my old school. I remember it so clearly. I remember running from the school down to the corner to catch the old school bus and some snivelling kid saying to me in a sing-song voice, "You can't run for nuts!" and me replying, "Well I don't like nuts, so I don't care!" LOL Grade 3 humour! In those days it was two teachers and a principal, so the classes were mixed. The principal, as I remember, used to walk around tapping his cane against his leg. Quite a frightening figure for a 7 year old! If we dared to speak to him we had to say, "Please sir ...."
I also remember being called on to recite a poem at an evening function at the school, and the school teacher's boyfriend driving me there - swerving all over the road to 'pop' cane toads on the way!
The school bus broke down regularly on the trip to and from Airlie Beach and my brother (9 years older than me) was always called on to help the driver fix it and get us back on the road. When we first went to Airlie it was like the Garden of Eden. When my Mum returned there in the 90s she just burst into tears to see what they had done to it. Still we have great memories of it, especially the three months my parents spent caretaking Coral Art at Dent Island (near Hamilton). Now that WAS the Garden of Eden.
It will be hard for you to leave - but then Melbourne has such FABULOUS restaurants. I used to travel there often when I was with Flag Inns (back in a former lifetime!) ;-)
Hi Glenn! Welcome to Atheist Nexus! I'm Kris from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. I've started an Aussie, Kiwi, South Pacific Atheists Group here on Nexus. Please feel free to drop in any time to add a comment, contribute to a discussion or start a new topic.
By the way, I used to live up your way when I was a kid. I went to Cannon Valley State School in Grade 3, I think, and we lived at Airlie Beach while Mum and Dad worked on a day cruiser out of Shute. Later on we lived on Dent Island - would have been around '64-'65 - way before your time! ;-)