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Flying Space Junk, Motherhood and Fear

By Benison O'Reilly - 15th June 2011

When I was a child we lived in country NSW. During school holidays my older sister and I would travel to Sydney by train, unaccompanied, to be met by our grandmother at the other end. On the return journey the reverse would happen. This started when I was quite young, eight years old or so, and my sister eleven. The trip was a long one, close to eight hours, and I’d pass the time reading and daydreaming. I remember feeling terribly grown up as I made my purchases from the food trolley that trundled up and down the corridors of that train. Recently I had to dispatch my middle son on a similar journey.

Letting a Child Follow His Dreams

By Benison O'Reilly - 14th April 2011

My eldest son was born seventeen years ago. In the time-honoured principle of new mothers, I thought him the most attractive, charming and gifted baby in the entire world. When it came to the last of these I may have had more claim than most. On his first birthday I took M to the early childhood centre for a developmental check. The nurse handed him a shape sorter with four different shaped blocks, which he promptly slotted into their respective slots without faltering: one, two, three, four.