February’s topic, ‘I Was There’, elicited fascinating ‘slices of life’, including meeting the Queen in New Zealand as a young Girl Guide; hearing President Soekarno speak at the opening of a new university in Aceh, Indonesia in 1962; and being there when the Russell Street bombing occurred on March 27th1986. Stories written for ‘One Moment, This Year (2021)’ described the deep disappointment of continued absence from family during Covid and unforgettable moments of pure joy at eventually being together again.
‘Tree Stories’ proved to be a delightful topic in March, incorporating many captivating memories of childhood. Other ‘Memories of Childhood’ were also shared, memories of a happy childhood in England and ‘the big adventure’ of migrating to Australia; also ‘early 1940’s’ memories of train trips to wartime Melbourne, visits to the department stores of Foy and Gibson, Buckley and Nunn and the Myer Emporium and a father’s departure from Spencer Street on the ‘Spirit of Progress’ before leaving for the war in Europe.
We will not be meeting on Anzac Day but have extended our meeting time in late May to from 1 to 4 pm. Please bring two 500-word stories and a small plate of afternoon tea or some chocolates to share!
The topics? ‘Community’ - “Write about a community you participated in, taking this opportunity to write about a slice of your life’s journey which may be of interest to your family. It could be a community in which you felt a really ‘good fit’, a community which changed you, perhaps even a community you were glad to leave behind….” and ‘Long Lost Friend’ – “Have you ever come across a long-lost friend years after first meeting them? Tell us about the time when you first knew them, how you lost touch and the major changes in your life since, how you met them again, and your reflections on doing so. Are you still in contact? Explain what has happened since you came across them again.” (other ‘long lost’?...eg. family member, item, pet…)”.
The alternate topics are ‘Anzac Day’ and ‘A Friendship Tested’.
The detailed list of topics and alternates for 2022 is always available - see RH column.