I've been here since 1971 and am now in my late 70's
My kids have kids and we seem to be growing further apart and I live alone.
I had a long chat with my daughter this week and I discovered I have NEVER ACCEPTED
What surprised me most, was the fact that there IS an Aussie culture at all! I was thinking
it was made up of - 'a whole lot of other cultures' - like German, Italian, Muslim etc..!
But no, there IS one and it is all to do with relating to family and friends -
When I was brought up, 'Family, good friend and neighbours' did not NEED an invitation to visit
apart from odd occasions when they was going out. We would delight them by dropping in.
I used to think it was because I was old and we had different interests, but no, it is the same
with the young ones, they all do their invites - and I find this quite boring and I didn't realise
I was stuck in Pommie culture - after all these years..
Has anyone else had a problem with this?
I remember in my early years here, I used to meet up with Poms who could never settle
and I used to tell them about a 'pain and yearning in my heart' for England. - and didn't know
what I was missing! but now I do.
They told me they was the same, but this was quite some time ago and I reckon things might
be a bit different now with the effect of Britain's early colonisations with many different cultures
I'm a Christian, but strangely enough, seem to feel more at home with the Muslim family next
door - that have the same ways with their extended families as I had when I was in England -
especially in my young years there. I so often think about the get togethers of our extended
families - where we had nearly enough to fill a hall and all of one accord - so happy and 'lively'!,
joking, laughing and dancing too!
What do we do when we get together here?... just sit and look at one another lol!
Now I've had my 'whinge' -
Has anyone else got one?