I was not raised in a traditional family environment, and honestly, I have always envied those who have been. I have sorely missed contact with my parents and with my siblings.
I now have a family of my own, a wife, 2 sons, and 2 daughters. I love them all unreservedly and indeed am very proud of them and I like to skite about them and their achievements. Doing so always gives me good vibrations.
So here goes.
My wife has been a marvellous company and mother who has attended to all the children’s requirements from the baby years to their adulthood. She was affectionately known as a legend at FCJ College for her numerous years’ service in the uniform shop and as co-ordinator of the Debutante Ball. She was awarded the Sandhurst Diocesan Community Service Award for her service at Galen College Wangaratta. She has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship at Rotary.
My children all graduated at university and have done remarkably well in their careers.
I am proud to say that Anthony, our eldest boy, was sent to Switzerland for two years in his employment with ABB Engineering, and now holds the position of Chief Financial Officer with a large Victorian Corporation, the Melbourne Water Board. In his youth he excelled in football and squash, and still plays squash.
Peter, our second child holds the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Cranbourne Racing Club and Trio’s Restaurant and gaming organisation, also in the Cranbourne complex. He played, for many years, football and basketball.
Our eldest daughter Jacki, married a wool grower and attends to all the farm accounts and acts as a farmwife. She and her husband Heath won the “Best Fleece” award in the lamb’s section of the 2017 Victorian Wool Show. Jacki also works as office manager for the Royal Hotel in Benalla. She is a netball and basketball enthusiast.
Cathy, our youngest, was awarded the Galen College Award for Excellence in her last year of secondary education. After spending two years in a managerial role for Brown. Brothers Winery in London, she has now settled in as senior marketing director for the Charles Sturt University in Albury. She, too, concentrated on netball and basketball.
We have now been blessed with ten grandchildren, five girls and five boys, and the good vibrations become even better at Christmas, when the whole O’Shannessy family gathers at our home for special celebrations.
It is great to see our children all accept parental roles in their own children’s sporting and other activities, and I sincerely trust that they all have long and happy family associations.
Good vibrations mean different things to different people, and I hope I have indicated how they mean so much to me in my family life.