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For the first five years of childrearing, I was sleep deprived. My eyes puffed and were hard to keep open. After five years, we all slept through. And it didn’t take long for the rumours to start. “Can’t help noticing how young you look! Did you change your face cream? Or did you see someone?”
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What did I take last month? Two cats and the dog. Our family. Then about 50 photo albums. I threw in some jewellery and my grandmother's watch, which I haven't found to date. It seems that in trying to save granny, I lost her.
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So although Sydney was on tornado alert yesterday and Adelaide is having a heatwave of over 40oC predicted this week, what is a given in Australia are the people.
Politicians come and go but the Queen has been around since I was born. She was in my mother's purse and now she's in mine. She's been a constant through changes in my life. A link between my past and my present.