Line drawn on minding a spot in the queue
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.