Saturday, July 12, 2008

Our Love For Fictional Australians

It is summer now in America.  And I think every summer, we develop special traditions.

Last year seemed to be about dragonflies and silly pool games.

This year, the silly pool games and dragonflies are still there--but they're less of a focus for us.

This summer's main themes are Mario Brothers, new household members, mass quantities of blueberries and bread (thanks to Tim and Costco), and McLeod's Daughters.

Every night, Jack, Tim, and I sit on the couch and spend time with Claire, Tess, Becky, Jodi, and Meg.  Sometimes, our housemate Tabitha and her dog Jasmine join us.  But Tabitha has had to study, so she's a few episodes behind.

Jack is really into the show.  He knows all the characters and some of the names of the actresses.

Yesterday, we sat by the pool together and played McLeod's Daughters trivia.  He did a good job answering questions and came up with some good questions to ask me.

The other day, Jack was sick, and we thought he might want to go to bed early. I asked Jack and Tim if we should skip our evening viewing.  Jack quickly said, No.

The kid really loves the show.

I'm not sure what a 6 1/2 year old sees in the show.  Does he like the pretty women?  The animals?  The farm life?

Then again....why does a grown-up end up loving Miss Spider so much?  And why was I so into Charlie and Lola?

And The Koala Brothers!   I usually think that my Australia obsession has roots in some deep mysterious spiritual a past life or something.   But in rare moments, I start to think maybe I just loved the Koala Brothers too much.  Sweet little Josie the kangaroo and that bratty little Possum Mitzi. Lolly and her ice-cream truck. Oh! And the Koalas themselves--always ready to help a mate. Gotta love them.

Maybe I just wanted to live in a place where, whenever I had a problem, two sexy marsupials would fly down in their plane and save me.


  1. Has Jack seen the movie The Man From Snowy River?
    There was a sequal and a tv series, which he'd probably enjoy, too.
    It's based on a poem by Banjo Paterson, who based his poem on the real High Country mountain horsemen from around the Snowy River area of southern NSW.
    Then there's a really great movie with Russell Crowe, The Silver Brumby, based on The Silver Brumby book (brumby is a wild horse, like the mustang).

  2. Jayne,

    I haven't even seen it yet. Is that nuts?

    We're probably going in that direction on our next trip. It would probably make everything much more meaningful if we see the movie.

    We have heard the song, but I don't think either of us paid much attention to the lyrics.

    I think before we leave, maybe we'll do a whole Aussie movie festival. Well, not at once because Jack probably wouldn't sit that long.

    Maybe a movie a week.

    I love all the suggestions you give to me.

    I'm reading the Henry Lawson stuff. I read a story or two a day.

    So....THANK YOU!!

  3. Glad you're enjoying old Harry, he's one of our favourite writers ;)

  4. Laura,

    Tabitha was Tim's friend and our cat-watcher--when we went out of town.

    Then she became our housemate and now she's my friend.

    Well, she's still Tim's friend too.