“Now if you only had done more study, you’d have gone a lot further”.
Originally born in Dubbo, I met Edna Simpson in Grenfell, New South Wales, where she has lived since she was 12 years old. As I entered Edna’s home, she kindly offered me a cup of tea. This was something I loved about this generation, how trusting they are in others. Edna lived in a tidy house filled with beautiful antique furniture. She really struck me as an honest and humble lady. It’s a nice thought that there are many others just like her.
Edna’s biggest inspiration are her friends and family, who she couldn’t live without. Edna loved reading, watching television, and had a real passion for music, which she learned from her father. She told me that her dad had the biggest influence in her life. She believes the earlier days were better than they are now. But she explained - “life is what you make it. I’ve been happy”. Her advice was to make the most of each day and try not to be such a nuisance to everybody.
At the end of our meeting, Edna stood on the front porch and waved goodbye as I left. I really felt a sense of happiness. How privileged I was to have met Edna. If I am ever in the area again, I will be sure to make time to chat with her again.
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