I am so far away


Back on the road – what a glutton for punishment am I!

With Equinom only just having returned from overseas stints in South Korea and a three month stay in Washington doing an internship for Senator Chuck Nagel… she’s now off to Canberra-Babylon like everyone else.

What can I say about my oldest friend. We met in Grade One at the Catholic school that I am now inflicting on my son and my recollections of our meeting and our early years together are quite vivid. We met on the first day of school – lots of nervous Mums biding goodbye to lots of crying children (kids back then never had day care etc and weren’t accustomed to being separated from their parents for any duration) and I had gone up to a girl named Libby Free and asked her if I could be her friend. Libby’s reaction was to grab Michelle Bobberemein’s hand and say ‘No! Michelle’s my friend!’ in a most decisive and final way. And Equinom came to my rescue and said ‘Don’t worry you can be my friend.’

And thus began a friendship that has spanned 30 years so far. And one couldn’t ask for a better friend than Equinom. She never reproaches one for not being in touch, and she may slip off my radar for several weeks at a time only to resurface for Apple and Cinnamon tea and it’s like we’ve been hanging daily all along. We catch each other up on the goings on in our lives and discuss mutul acquaintances, travel, poliitics and who knows what else.

And I can always rely on her for her total and honest opinion – in fact she’s one you’d say is honest to a fault. Once, she came up to me, held my hair back from my face and said “You know Borys, if it weren’t for your pretty hair, you’d be quite ugly” which I took as good advice that I shouldn’t ever consider shaving my head 🙂 We were seven at the time but the advice still remains good. i’ve heard her say to people she’s just met such absurdities as “You know orange really isnt your colour is it?” or other equally blunt observations.

But I love her dearly in spite of her obvious defficiencies in the tact department and will mss her pithy and quick witted quips…. no one grasshoppers like Equinom!


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