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The other day I was at the airport with a friend heading home to Sydney when I overheard an Australian man telling his skycap he was flying on the same Qantas flight we were on.
Just to be sure we were heading in the right direction I asked the man "Hey are you on the Qantas flight back to Sydney" to which he answered "Yep, I'm flying with the Queer aging nasty types." WTF?
I've since learned this is word play on the letters of Qantas. But for me at that moment it was so weird for a stranger to say this not knowing who we were or what this comment meant to us. It felt like an arrow in my heart.
My friend, who's heard this kind of off hand comment way too many times mentioned to me that Qantas, Australia's national airline, was receiving both praise and backlash for supporting same sex marriage- an issue thats reaching the pointy end of Australia's public policy.
So today my family all received a survey to say whether we want our government to discuss and pass this. Its basically a vote to see if we should vote! It's seems like a lengthy and maybe uncertain process but I know one thing for sure:
We need more love in this world.
Pain and suffering seems to be everywhere. Ugliness comes at us thick and fast from the news or from random strangers who think they're being clever.
As she marked her form, I told my daughter that despite everything going on, there has never been a better time to be alive. I actually say this to my grownup kids all the time. I think it's my version of an adult lullaby.
Because in truth just five years ago we wouldn't have been able to have a national conversation about marriage equality. Maybe even having a personal conversation between families is more possible now than just a few years ago. It's amazing to be here now and as annoying and as frustrating that we still have to debate for the right to legalize a couple's love and commitment to one another, when there are so many things in this world that need our attention, making a flat out declaration for love on a day when the world is spinning in every direction is a wonderful thing to do.
And then I signed yes.
This image of a dramatic cantilevered concrete terrace, reaching out over a stunning Clifton Gardens pool, is our Throwback Thursday choice for this week. Built by @sandlikcinstructions in 2011, the project was hailed a triumphant modernist masterpiece - and it's easy to see why!