A public holiday is always enjoyed and for many years I never really thought about the real significance of the day. Sure there have often been celebrations, as various friends celebrate their birthdays on this date or during this long weekend.
Over recent years I have found myself reflecting more and more about what it really means. Is that a sign of age, I wonder? I have had an internal debate about the "politics and socially correct meaning" of Australia Day for some time. Invasion Day? Sorry Day? Celebration Day? What well wishes do I offer to others without offending anyone? I think I have found a response that I like. A man who I hold in enormous regard sums it up so eloquently.
Another link I came across also put a perspective that I really related to.
Nevertheless, I love being an Australian. I love the uniqueness of us Aussies. Well, most of us!!
While kick starting today with a cuppa on the back verandah with Tez, we were listening to the ABC. The Governor of South Australia was talking about when he first sighted the shores of Australia. He was a Vietnamese refugee 38 years ago, before settling in his new home - Australia.
It made me reflect about my own heritage and the runaway 18 year old Italian, that my father was. He calls Australia home, but he is Italian. He left war torn Italy to start a new life and landed in the mining fields of WA. He learnt to speak English (Australian) from the Aboriginal men. Making a life here allowed him to have a family with very different outcomes that perhaps one could imagine would have been in Italy.
Both these stories made me think of Vietnamese and Italian food, naturally! Australia truly is a multi-food/taste country and we do it so well. I believe our primary produce is of such good quality, as the soil has been nurtured for so long, with love, by the first Australians.
With acknowledgement and respect to the first Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and with well wishes to all, I hope your Australia Day 2015 has been a great day filled with good times, making wonderful memories and filled with happy tastings.