it was the cooolest party in a long time
that I've actually been invited to (just kidding)

and just feeling a strong sense of common with these blokes,...
the host and long time veterans of Mermaid Club..all veteran lifeguard volunteering to help save lives...
and never more had I felt such camaraderie...

and then 4 decades later he wakes up each morning in this house that became his home he's always wanted.. Can their ever be happy endings... or just living happilly ever after would be nice!



this party made me feel so welcome in their surf community...part of this fraternity of folks that all have a tremendous love for the sea to commit to weekends of patrol and connectedness...




Never have I felt so strongly about a place
and the warm homelike feelings each time I go out on the beach
and meet new friends...

seeing Colin run down the sand dune with the vegetation holding it together
and meets up with another family playing in the sand between the flags!

I have been so blessed (lucky)
with him and inheriting this little spot on the beach
that my son and I have been waiting for...

(I've never more felt that he is an old soul, sometimes just the way he looks at me as if he's been around another time)
I was thinking about this energetic 9 year old boy sneaking into an old haunted(?) and abandoned boarding house up on the hill overlooking Mermaid Beach '....
going along the walkway alongside the outside of the building wondering about it

He looked through the kitchen windown at enticing large green bottles of coke waiting to returned to the store for the deposit...a few shillings could buy some cool toy soldiers and a tasty home made ice cream at the corner of a street and Hedges Ave....
then because of that moment, his father a few weeks later asks him about the house
in front of all his relatives
and was he in trouble??
or his was an opportunity for his Dad and his Uncle Ron to buy 3 blocks of land on the beach
and then 4 decades later he wakes up each morning in this house that became his home he's always wanted.. Can their ever be happy endings?... or just living happilly ever after would be nice!


and then his older brother thought that the Parthenon would be the best name for the new family home for the 2 extended Aussie/American families...



Xmas of 65 was there in that magic nostaligic time...







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