wings and things

Chapter 33: The distance between [1978]

on September 14, 2021

Sometimes I admire my younger self and sometimes I despair at her idiocy.

Riding a bicycle from Boyanup to Dardanup, rain or shine, this younger version of me would pedal the 12 kilometres madly in order to get to the farm by 8am to help Gar do breakfast.

Sometimes, Gar would greet me at the back door with a reprimand “You’re late!” but mostly she was grateful that I had arrived to do breakfast for herself, Anthony, and the two farm hands,

There were two tables on which breakfast and lunch were served: one was the dining room table and the other was the kitchen table. Fortunately for me, once I had served everyone, I was invited to dine with Gar and Anthony.

They must have seen me as somehow worthy of this privilege? On one extremely stormy day, my dad decided to drop me off and he met Gar. I will never forget it – they just exchanged a look underneath the orange tree close to the house.

And that look changed everything.

4 responses to “Chapter 33: The distance between [1978]

  1. susanpoozan says:

    You leave us all in suspense with one of your telling oneliners.

  2. Who I am says:

    Love reading every chapter

  3. A lot can be said with just a look

  4. beth says:

    ah, the look –

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