26 January 2013

Australia Day 2013

Every single day of my life I am thankful
that I am Australian.

I can trace one line of my family history back to a First Fleet convict - one of those unwanted citizens that England sent halfway around the world in 1788 to an uncertain future. Other family lines I've traced to different countries. I'm made from a mingling of these histories - a mix of various bloodlines over the centuries, just like most Australians.

I cried when I saw a flying kangaroo at the Boeing factory near Seattle. I cried when I heard an Australian accent in Vancouver. I cried when I saw Australia House in London. I travel, but it's Australia where I always long to be.

Australia is my land, my country, my people. 
It is in my heart and my head. 
I am part of it and it is part of me.

 Happy Australia Day.

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