You’re at the airport, your flight is delayed for six more hours, and none of your electronic devices is working. How do you pass the time?
I experienced something similar to this a couple of weeks ago. I decided to take a short flight to Perth in preference to driving and staying over night in a hotel before catching my 10.00am flight to Melbourne. I arrived at our small Busselton airport (5.45pm for a 6.45pm departure) only to learn that there was a BIG delay in departure time. In fact, the plane was in Perth and waiting delivery of parts (anticipated about an hour’s delay) before it could leave Perth.
I decided to wait at the airport and not go home and come back later. There were only four passengers heading to Perth. I soon learned though, the plane had to fly south to Busselton and then Albany before doing the return flight to collect the four of us waiting.
I had a good book to read so at first I wasn’t too worried about the delay. One of the staff asked me if I would like a tea or coffee and proceeded to make one for me in their staff room. I was very grateful. There was a vending machine and I bought a Cherry Ripe. Life was feeling pretty good.
Some time later we learned the flight had left Perth so at least things were moving. The mood lightened. There was a man in his forties also reading and another woman of a similar age. A young man in a wheel chair, well-known to the staff as he flies to Perth once a fortnight to visit family, kept up a lively banter with everyone.
No-one seemed too bothered about the delay and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. About 9.00pm a female staff member stated she was putting in an order for some food and asked us what sort of pizza we liked. The food and soft drink arrived close to 10.00pm. We all enjoyed the pizza!
The plane finally arrived to take us to Perth at 10.20pm. I arrived at my friend’s place at around 11.30pm. I felt bad that I had messed up their evening but it was out of my control. They kindly drove me to the airport in the morning. When I had checked in I decided to call my husband and let him know everything was OK but I couldn’t find my phone. It was getting close to boarding time and I was a little panicked. I realised I must have left it in the security check point – I was right! The rest of the journey was fine except that I lost my e-ticket at Melbourne Airport but one of the staff helped me out! What a journey 🙂
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Share the story of a time you felt unsafe …
In 1980 my former husband and I took up an opportunity to work in a remote Indigenous community in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. I was twenty-six at the time with two sons – one was four years old and the other was only six-months old. It was a big adventure for us all.
At first I was even scared of the local Indigenous people but I later learned that I was experiencing culture shock. Everything was unfamiliar to me and communication was difficult. In time, my children helped me overcome that barrier as children tend to do.
There were deadly snakes to be afraid of too – Death (Deaf?) Adders and other venomous species. It wasn’t unusual to find snakes in our yard. Once I found one in my pantry cupboard!
A wild buffallo in the bushes
Swimming in the billabong
The town’s water supply
Little girl and dead crocodile
Barge Northern Territory
Numbulwar from the air.
Probably the scariest experience was a trip out bush to a billabong. It was a sandy track only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles. We were in an open cabin Land Rover. Some way into the journey we found ourselves confronted by a wild, male buffalo.
It was snorting and stamping its feet while it considered what to do with us. We sat still (apart from the shaking!) for several minutes. It was very angry and showing it! Each of us said lots of prayers that we would get out of this alive and the buffalo would get bored with us. I am pleased to say it eventually found something more interesting to frighten and left us alone. Phew!
We were only a minute’s walk from the beach too but the fear of crocodiles meant we didn’t go there often 🙂
For many of us the seasons are changing, bouncing unpredictably between cold and warm. Are you glad to be moving into a new season, or wishing for one more week of the old?
Storm clouds gathering in April.
I am looking forward to warmer, sunny days in the weeks and months ahead. It has been a long, cold and wet winter. Great for the garden though. I haven’t done any watering for ages!
- DP: Seasons (jaysnaps.wordpress.com)
- Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement (katelynleng.wordpress.com)
- Daily Prompt: Mid Season (angloswiss-chronicles.com)
- Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement (inkhammer.wordpress.com)
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My (and their Dad’s) choice of names for my three sons were:
Robert Peter – my brothers’ names are Robert and Peter and my Uncle’s name was Peter Roy. My son’s Dad, Grandfather and Great Grandfather and so forth were all called Robert. I also have a nephew called Robert. We called Robert by his second name, Peter, for some time before reverting back to Robert.
Andrew Joseph – My Grandfather’s name was Joseph. We found Andrew’s name in the Bible as being Peter’s brother. And it is a good Scottish name following his father’s ancestry.
Joel Stephen – the Bible again! Joel comes from the prophet Joel in the Old Testament. Stephen is in the New Testament and gives life to Joel’s prophesy.
What’s your biggest regret? How would your life have been different if you’d made another decision?
Well let me make it absolutely clear that I wouldn’t change anything in my life as I believe things happen for a reason and our experiences make us the people that we are today!
However, I am going to suspend that thought so that I can play around with this blog post. For a start, I would address the following:
- I would be a stable, self-confident teenager with lots of interests, including sport
- I would complete high school with excellent results
- From there I would go on to University to develop my skills, knowledge and life experience
- I would not have married at eighteen as I wasn’t even sure who I was at that age
- I can never regret having my three sons – the best thing I ever did!
- I would enjoy a career that somehow related to writing and I would become very knowledgeable and confident in my field of interest
- I would continue to take part in sport throughout my life – enhancing my health and fitness today
- If I had the opportunity to re-do my role as a parent I would be a better mum in all possible ways
- I would also be a better daughter and appreciate, love and respect my parents a lot more and not take them for granted.
So, back to reality … I did the best I could with what I knew then. That is all we can do 🙂
I am not really into shoes but someone once told me that every girl needs a pair of red shoes! So I bought a pair of red shoes 🙂
I bought these for my wedding in 2012. I changed my mind on the morning of the wedding and wore a different outfit and different shoes!
These are the ones I ended up wearing for my wedding.
I bought these sandals to wear with my Christmas Lunch outfit in 2012.
Could this post me my most frivolous post ever?
Have you ever gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought to yourself, “I’m never doing that again!” Tell us about it…
TEN THINGS THAT I WILL NEVER DO AGAIN
- Help carry a fridge up three flights of stairs
- Carry two big bags of concrete to a skip bin while cleaning up to sell my home (ouch!)
- I can’t see me ever working for government again unless it is as a consultant
- Say I hit a kangaroo with my government car while I was on my way home from work
- Vote conservative (I never have!)
- Casually say that I will be a Secretary on a Committee
- Agree to being President of ANYTHING just to avoid warring factions
- Spend money before I have it
- Wear bikinis
- Make commitments NOT to do something 😉
Picture the one person in the world you really wish were reading your blog. Write her or him a letter.
Dear Chief Executive Officer, The WORLD
I am writing to you today to express my concern about the way people on Earth treat each other. When I see the news each night I find it incredibly hard to imagine what it must be like for people in some parts of the world. I see innocent men, women and children being killed or badly injured on a daily basis. Often the violence is incurred by fellow-men and women who have different belief systems or there is a power struggle over land, minerals or borders. I am very fortunate that I haven’t experienced anything like that first hand. As CEO, do you think you could carry out a development program for all the people of the world, to learn how to get along with each other? I realise it is a big ask but it has to start somewhere. First you would need to work with people and their families – teach them how to get along together and to love and respect each other. They also need to learn how to respect each others’ differences and “live and let live”.
These are just some initial ideas. I am sure you can develop them a lot better than me. Once we have achieved progress with people and families living happily and peacefully alongside each other, then we can expand the program to the next stage – working with local communities. I am sure that you get my drift. We need to start small and build on what we achieve. No doubt there will be some set backs but, since humans are so clever at lots of things in the world today, I am sure we can overcome any barriers that arise in these communities. The program will then expand to help states and regions get along with each other and eventually we reach the ultimate aim of all countries having respect and love for each others’ citizens. I know we won’t ever have everyone thinking, believing and behaving exactly the same as each other. That would probably boring anyway. The real goal is to learn to love and respect each other, including our differences.
Just imagine what the world could be like if we could achieve that! Wishing you great success in this venture!
“The Three Bears”, Arthur Rackham’s illustration to English Fairy Tales, by Flora Annie Steel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you don’t know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it can be read on Wikipedia by pressing here
This story was one of my favourites as a little girl. Being the youngest in a household of seven, taught me a lot about empathy with those at the bottom of the pecking order 🙂
Goldilocks is trying things out to see what suits her best (what is “just right”) – the porridge, the chair and the bed of the smallest bear – much to his alarm!
I have “tried out” lots of things in my life, such as: places to live; friends and partners; jobs/careers; hobbies; fashions; food and diets; and belief systems. Many times I have strongly believed what was right for me, however, as I moved through the decades of my life so far, what suited me at 20 didn’t suit me at 30! We are constantly changing and growing and our needs and desires change as well.
Recently I read a book called “The Confidence Gap – from fear to freedom” by Dr Russ Harris (published by Penguin). This books explores values and goals and helped me to find what is important to me today. I found that what I value most includes:
* being able to contribute
* self acceptance
Just like Goldilocks, I can say “this feels just right” for me!