Do you have happy childhood memories?
Forster is where I spent all of my school holidays, every year. Many moons ago my grandparents bought a couple of units in this apartment block opposite Forster beach. Every year, my Mum, Dad, my sister Heather and I would hit the highway early one summer’s morning, and by the end of the day, this was the view that greeted us. After a hot, boring, 8 hour drive, this was the long awaited sight. And the smell, that wonderful salty and slightly sweet smell of the sea that you really notice when you live in a land locked city.
My Grandfather passed away here (on my birthday, which I feel is special) and my Grandmother is still living here, turning 90 in January. One of my lasting memories of my Grandfather before he got sick was a vision of him standing with my Grandmother at this same balcony at 6 in the morning while we were all packing up to head home. They were standing there talking about the beach, or the weather, or whatever. I remember stopping to take a mental snapshot of them standing there talking with the pink sky behind them. That’s a special memory for me and I regret that I didn’t take a photograph. I’m so glad they had some time here together, shame as it was that it wasn’t for longer.
Where did you grow up spending your school holidays? What are your lasting memories?
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