By Lynnie Stein / October 12, 2018

14th birthday

Neil Postman wrote, “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”

Looking at Thierry, I know my message is safe within his kind heart, thinking and reasoning mind, marvellous sense of humour, patient and tolerant nature and his love of food. 

Along with the learning, I have shared (especially ‘kraut and kefir crafting) Thierry carries the lessons, I have learned – and they are, by far, the more valuable of the two.

2nd July 2004 … Time passes way too fast, although sometimes it feels like yesterday we were having baby cuddles.  It doesn’t seem too long ago when mama was 14. People were more important than technology. We didn’t have television, except holiday time in the big smoke. We would lay across the backseat or on the car floor or on a mattress in the back of a ute, with a canopy and entertain the travelling traffic with hand stands. Most homes didn’t have a telephone.

News of the day was limited and we would cheer on the Melbourne cup winner Saturday at the local movies.

We were the real ‘free-range’ kids. We would walk, ride our bikes or horses to socialise. Not a helmet to be worn and ‘fronties’ were common on a bike and the horse bus was amazing. How many kids could fit on the back of one horse? Jumping out of trees into creeks. Coming home when it was dark.

The only thing blown up was Rhoda’s letterbox on cracker night.

Adults were called by their titles. We would stand when a teacher entered a 40+ classroom and you didn’t dare step out of line, as 6 of the best would follow. Shops were closed by noon on Saturday and re-opened on Monday. Sunday was special – the smell wafting from the kitchens. Family would come together for lunch and sit at a set table and finish with tuning into Life with Dexter.

Our footprint was small as nothing was wasted. Not a wheelie bin to be seen. Sunday lunch was enjoyed for many days from fritters to soup. Sunday night left-overs, normally accompanied by song and music instruments.

May these upcoming teen years be filled with love, fun, growth and adventure.

Happy 14th Birthday, Thierry.

Thierry and flower kraut


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