TODAY, 26 JANUARY, IS AUSTRALIA DAY. It is also my step-mum's 90th birthday,
She is just an ordinary Australian woman. But she has memories.
Brought up a Sydney girl, she remembers the building of the harbour bridge. And the arrival of American troops in World War II . And snow in Wahroonga. And serving as a nurse in the war.
And working with Pastors Len Barnard and Colin Winch of PNG aviation fame. And working as a volunteer in a Romanian orphanage.
She has stories to tell, although she may be just an ordinary Australian woman. She is just 12 years younger than Australia itself.
She remembers Curtin and Menzies and Whitlam - and even Scullin and Lyons. And reckons they are all just a bunch of crooked politicians. She reckons nothing much has changed over the years.
But she remembers. And with each passing year the memories of our elders becomes more precious.
She has this to say. "Peter, if you don't love your neighbours, then you can't love yourself."
Wise words from a woman in her 90's.