Line drawn on mind­ing a spot in the queue

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND -

OUR Mum’s the Word columnist Sue Clo­hesy caused a stir on­line when she wrote about mind­ing a spot in line with­out her chil­dren in it and then tak­ing her place at the face-paint­ing sta­tion when they ap­peared.

Read­ers wrote feed­back about the ge­n­e­sis of the line-up in Aus­tralia and put their own thoughts out there about the sit­u­a­tion, fol­low­ing the col­umn that ap­peared in the May 27 edi­tion of Week­end.

Bri­an­barry321, of Ma­roochy­dore, wrote that Expo 88 was the start of lin­ing up in Aus­tralia.

“Prior to that, it sim­ply did not hap­pen even though most Aus­tralians in those days were po­lite, the line against spot mind­ing was soon drawn and many a bad word was used in the line-up,” they wrote.

On­line com­menter Jo­ce­lynS1 re­posted the col­umn on her Face­book page and then shared some of the com­ments she gath­ered.

“Wait – she held the spot (us­ing just her­self) for six kids!?!?,” they wrote.

“What about those kids learn­ing that you can’t run straight from the jump­ing cas­tle to the face paint? The photo is mis­lead­ing... One could ar­gue that the six kids in her care could have lined up them­selves for the jump­ing cas­tle and then the face paint.”

Also in last Satur­day’s edi­tion, I met an in­spir­ing woman who had re­ceived a lung trans­plant af­ter a life­time bat­tle with cys­tic fi­bro­sis.

At 25 years of age, Sun­shine Coast res­i­dent Re­nee Fal­coner was pre­par­ing her­self and her loved ones for her death. Since her lung trans­plant in 2015, her life has turned around.

I wrote of the need for more peo­ple to sign up to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s or­gan do­na­tion reg­is­ter.

On­line com­menter Robert, of Colling­wood Park, wrote: “My or­gans barely keep me alive, cour­tesy of all the med­i­ca­tion I take, but hey if they are of use, feel free to take them.”

I only hope more read­ers signed up to the reg­is­ter.

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