FROM THE ED­I­TOR this week WE’RE LOV­ING

YVONNE KERR 8 16 22 35

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When I was a pen­ni­less stu­dent in Dublin, I’d phone home once a week to let my par­ents know I was still alive and to plead for more money, of­ten re­vers­ing the charges (remember those days?!). If my fa­ther picked up the phone, his first words were al­ways: “Hang on, I’ll put you onto your mother.” It wasn’t that we didn’t speak, far from it, but back then we never had phone con­ver­sa­tions. Our face-to-face in­ter­ac­tions too, were lim­ited to a brief ex­change of niceties – Dad was a busy man. A farmer with a mul­ti­tude of things to get through ev­ery day, when he wasn’t on the go out­side, he was eat­ing or read­ing the news­pa­per or sleep­ing.

That’s all changed now he’s re­tired. My weekly phone calls on my way to work from the other side of the world are more im­por­tant to us both – th­ese days, it’s no longer to ask for money (well, so far this year) but to check that he’s well and to up­date him on his grand­son’s lat­est devel­op­ment phase (teething, crawl­ing) – and Dad will talk and talk and talk.

I cher­ish th­ese chats, though I’m not sure passers-by do, or my com­pan­ions on the bus, shout­ing as I must to be heard at the end of the phone line in Ire­land above the sound of Auck­land’s city din. (See page 5 for Fiona Bar­ber’s take on com­muters on cell­phones.)

Th­ese chats are gold, they are my life­line to home. I get all the goss – who’s sick, been born, preg­nant, dy­ing, dead, en­gaged, sep­a­rated, di­vorced, been ar­rested… My fa­ther has an in­cred­i­ble ca­pac­ity for de­tail, and at 87, an out­stand­ing mem­ory. I’m one lucky gal. Happy Fa­ther’s Day for to­mor­row, dads.

Scal­ing new heights:

This glo­ri­ous photo of Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary, his son Peter and a good friend was taken at 3800m al­ti­tude near the vil­lage of Khunde, close to Mt Ever­est in 1983. Turn to page 8 for the story. YOUR WEEK­END | 2 SEPTEM­BER 2017

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