it’s all relative …I guess

17 Sep

Today I had the pleasure of visiting an Aboriginal Women’s Centre ….a fantastic facility that is all about women (no male over the age of 7years allowed on site AT ALL), the perfect one stop shop for Women’s Business.

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It is a fabulous collision of tradition and Western medicine and is completely controlled by ‘Grandmothers Law’.

The visit was going beautifully and the lovely Aboriginal health worker that was showing us around, proudly introduced us one by one to a photo of each of  the special Grandmothers, who are like the Board of Directors.

The photo showed the smiling faces of 12 beautifully buxom…very elderly and absolutely traditional Indigenous women, so I couldn’t resist asking our host what age these amazing women would be.She looked very thoughtfully and  replied that they were very very old women, and that the average age would be at least 56 years!!!.

GULP …. talk about a reality check, we all laughed a lot but… I’m 50Something and feeling very fortunate today.

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3 Responses to “it’s all relative …I guess”

  1. aiyshah2014 September 21, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    I guess that’s what 56 years in the hot Australian outback sun does to your skin! You know what they say, after 30 a woman should keep her face out of the sun, otherwise her face will turn into an old leather bag!

    Honestly, people say you are as old as you feel, for me I’m as old as I look! And sometimes I look very old (Usually on a Friday), and sometimes I look very young. The young times are usually on a Sunday evening after I have had 2 full days in bed, reading, writing and removing myself from reality.

    Just saying…

    • 50 something but not dead yet September 21, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      all true Aiyshah2014… and for sure my Irish blood & freckle faceface would be the first leather bag look if I were out there. Sadly for these ladies, there ARE old in Indigenous years….. I would take my hat off to them for living in those harsh conditions (except I would risk getting sun burn) 🙂

      • aiyshah2014 September 21, 2014 at 9:43 am #

        True. Actually I don’t think they care about age. I remember someone asking an aborigine woman how old she was and she sat for a while and thought, then simply said, honestly, I have no idea. It’s not important to them.

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