some of the best memories of my life were made there and some of my greatest lessons learned as well...finding out who your friends were, discovering just how important talking to your mom daily could be, learning that it may taste good but 5 crumpets a day smothered in nutella will make you fat, what it feels like to live alone & at the same time what it feels like to be seven people deep in a twin size bed in the dead heat of summer without AC, how you can be in the best shape of your life but not all at the same time, learning how passionately some people dislike americans, and just how much we take things [cars especially] for granted.
|forever the australia girls|
probably my greatest lesson learned in australia [or rather rekindled from my girl scout camp days] was the value of a handwritten note...i for one may have been spoiled as a child. every summer throughout elementary school i would arrive at girl scout camp and at the first mail call that very first day my name was always called and a letter covered with stickers was handed to me. my mother never sent me to camp without a note waiting. that first horrible day in australia after the most dramatic airplane/travel experiences ever, we finally made it after a blown tire and no cell phones to campus. in that mailbox waiting for me as if i had been there ages was my very first letter...no doubt from my amazing mother.
|my grandmother and me at my bridesmaids luncheon--july 30, 2010|
making it through twenties [or life] without an amazing, solid, loving family would be no fun at all.