Walking in the cold rain to and from school gives me a lot of time to ponder. And I do take advantage of this time, especially after I’ve dropped my child off, and I have a chance to catch up with myself, after the morning rush to get my partner off to his teaching rounds, and our child off to school. (In between unstacking and stacking the dishwasher, putting a load of washing on, hanging out the clean laundry, feeding the cat and dog….my morning chores are endless. )

And I’ve been wondering how my mother or even her mother coped, with more children, less appliances and a lot more hard work running the family homes. I am indeed fortunate for  a working dishwasher, and a washing machine that can take care of itself. Growing up with an old fashioned twin tub, I was the one who did the laundry for Mum, so I spent a lot of time nursing the twin tub through the many loads. But before that, my Mum remembered her Mum doing it the hard way – and thought her twin tub was the height of fashion!

And each day, I give thanks for living in the first world, where at least here in Australia, we have a support system for the poor, and provide basic medical coverage for free for everyone. We do still have a long way to go to address the inequitable treatment of the folk who have slipped through the system, but we’re still in a lot better situation then the rest of the world.

And I thank my parents who took the plunge paid the ten pound fee to emigrate and move us to Australia.


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