ABC Open will be archived and no longer available at its current spaces after June 30th. They kindly wrote us an email to give us a chance to make sure we had all our stories backed up (which is good practice to do anyway). I am sharing my favourite ABC Open contributions on my memoir blog. If you look up the category ABC Open they will appear there. Not sure if I can save a copy of the documentary on our After Yasi experience done by the ABC, but will see what can be done.
Dad liked Spike Milligan and AA Milne. Sometimes he’d recite his favourite poems and direct them to one of us. Snatches of AA Milne come back to me at the oddest times, with his poetry of children whose parents run away and cautionary tales to not step on the cracks in the footpath.
Dad’s stories were funny and satirical but sometimes we protested about the way he portrayed us. We were unruly characters, tiny divas, jostling for bigger and more complimentary roles. We directed our storytelling Dad just so.
Our favourite thing was Dad giving us magical powers. We told him the names we wanted and what we should be doing.
‘No I wouldn’t do that.’
‘I should be taller’
‘I need to run faster’
‘I’d jump to … the moon’
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