i come from a land down under

January 26, 2007 at 5:15 am | Posted in celebrations, family, geography, travel | 3 Comments

EDIT: I actually wrote this on the right day–Friday–but I couldn’t get the video loaded until this morning.  Happy Belated!  :) 

My tear-off Far Side calendar tells me today is Australia Day. 

I therefore CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA today!!  Although I wasn’t born there (unlike my youngest sister), I do often feel like that beautiful country is my “home.”  How ironic since my older sister, Kellie, who has lived in Australia for the past 20 or so years now (and could therefore rightfully call it her home), has recently decided she is moving back “home” to the good ole U.S. of A.  We couldn’t be happier!!  She plans to be here in June in time for the true Aussie’s wedding and then LIVE here–possibly with Sarah (another sister).  I cannot begin to imagine how wonderful it will be to have Kellie with us once again.  Our other older sister, Michelle, will of course be flying in from Denver for the wedding, as well, so we five sisters will be together for the first time in around 20 years.

I told you I am celebrating Australia, and now I’m beginning to sound like I’m celebrating sisters, instead!  :)  They are worthy of celebration EVERY day, indeed.

I love Australia for many reasons: her people, her language (yes, English, but if you were to visit and/or live there, you might think it a different language altogether), her food, her BEAUTY, her way of life…

Last summer I went to Finland for four weeks.  I have to admit my time there was not wholly enjoyable–although, I will admit I have not truly spent time reflecting on my trip (trying desperately to remember more “good” things about it than the few memories that spring to mind).  One of my favourite moments was during a rotary meeting, of all places: there was also visiting a team from beloved Australia, and they gave a short presentation similar in form to the one our team presented.  At the end of their speech, all members of the team (20 something in size, I believe) came forward to sing for us.  My heart began racing–not only because I love most anything to do with music, but also for the chance to hear all their beautiful Aussie voices.  They proceded to sing a tune that I learned later is actually a “cheesy tourism commercial jingle” often played in their home country.  I didn’t care.  I LOVED that song.  Tears streamed down my face as they sang, “I am, you are, we are Australians,” for a pride had swollen in my heart that could surely only live in the heart of one who had been given the amazing opportunity to live there.  Down under. 

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  1. my goodness, what a bunch of little critters they all are. for some reason, i really liked the one lady that was brushing something off of her chest before they started singing.

    do share more about your trip to finland as the memories surface!!

  2. I’m so excited about your reunion! WooHoo!

  3. Wow – I can’t believe that this is the first time that all you sisters have been together in 20 years. That will be some kind of reunion. I can’t begin to think about how excited your mother must feel to have her children all together. I’m also excited that your sister is moving here from the US – maybe that will make more frequent reunions in the future. We really should get together sometime – I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve seen you and Elisabeth (and Doug)


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