Parentals at Butlers Bend - Aireys Inlet
First hitherto unknown fact - Dad spent the first 6 years of his life living with his Aunty in another village covered in hives!!!
Peops ... this explains a lot and also explains nothing!! I can't really speak objectively about my dad, but its a pretty rough start to a young child's life!!!
When he turned 6 and was of school going age, he returned to the familial home with the prospect of having to acquaint himself with another mother figure ... he remembers wondering as a young child why he had 2 mommies.
I know Mum 'makes up" for these with her war time stories ... but I'm beginning to think I've overlooked my father in the "interesting" stakes.
Mum and Dad spent 2 full days with my Aunty S. Wish I was a fly on the wall then ... Aunty S has a memory like an elephant ... and has a way with telling a story ... well in her lucid moments. I never knew my grandparents, which is a shame, as they're usually the ones to tell you stories about your respective parents' childhoods ... especially the embarrasing ones that you use as collateral at a later teenage date! Aunty S is good for the goss ... and she delivers it in spades!! Oh and a great cook to boot!