California Dreaming; The Fire Still Burns
- That I will always love me greatly.
- That I will share this love equally.
- That anything money can buy I will not take with me.
- That I will be unafraid and fearless.
- That I will not count the years but savour the moments.
- That I will encourage all that I witness as awesome.
- That I will never forget to talk with my creator daily.
- That I will laugh everyday, even if only on the inside.
- That I will be the best me I can.
- That I will never forget YOU!
|Byron bay with Mt Warning near Murwillumbah looking over|
|Skim boarding @ Laguna|
My mother freaked out when she saw how I was treating my new, ten-dollar jeans. She was even more freaked out when I would not let her iron seams in them. And I really freaked out when she cut the label off the back of them. She could not understand why anyone would want to wear their clothes size on the outside of their clothes where strangers in the street could read it. My outrage at her act convinced her to get the label out of the bin and sow it back on. The leather patch never looked quite the same but that original pair of 501’s kept me company for ten years. They could tell some stories of their own if they were still around.
When I got dressed to leave the house on the Friday night (which in summer meant I wouldn’t be back until Sunday night), my mother would just look at me and shake her head. My father would give the usual sermon about what he would wear in HIS DAY when he went to a dance. I’d answer back. ‘But Dad this is YOUR DAY!’. But he never got it. What I got was that it wasn’t important what you wore as long it they were 501’s, thongs and scruffy old T-shirts. Forty years later that is still what I like to wear the most. Now I have five pairs of 501’s, around twenty T’s and an assortment of thongs. The only thing that scares me about that is those kids who wear their shorts and jeans below the cheeks of their bums with their undies and bum cracks on display. I guess it’s the modern day version of putting your waist and inside leg measurement on your Levi’s tag out there for the world to see.
|The bridge from 'Play Misty for Me'|
|Dad with Jo August 2011 - still watching sunsets|