To Peta for your most comfy chairs
in the first days of being at our new home
and that you’d give them up in an instant
well that’s really special
but we’re glad to return them.
Thanks for being one of our ute angels
along with Lydia, Peter, Craig and Mick
To Tara and family who
took us in for a while
and housed our pets
sorry that little Peep our bird
went and died at your home.
To the Spokeses who took us in the eye of the storm
and for a day after as we were so stunned
the kids loved playing with the lego.
To the Bakers
who made us laugh and took us in
and were excellent hosts
and Dan who played cricket with our youngest son
And their pet dog who was simply the best!
To Timmsy and family whose kids forged friendships with the kids
they are still friends!
To the Machins and Craig with his chainsaw helping
all people around.
To the kindhearted Dores
who are always welcoming and warm
we loved the neigbours in your
and our youngest is raving and hanging out
for some more backyard cricket.
To all the teachers and the Principal at Tully High
who were so caring
it was such a relief
So many counsellors, teacher’s union for looking
after my hubby.
To Lydia, Sal and Pam and other writers
for pushing us on for our anthology launch
To Nell, who said ‘you need to give your
book to the Prince.’
To all those who read and commented on the blog
Carolyn, Jacque, Sally, Karen, Noel, Joanne,Vi and more.
To Anita Heiss for organising a writing sprint
and all those who were there along for the run.
To my facebooking buddies who left messages
jokes and helpful links- there’s too many to list you,
But I know who you are and
you know who you are but thanks especially
To Peace who kept tagging us with useful stuff
Erin, Carolyn, Moala, Jacque, Paulien and Treen for chats
To the people who put together all the care packs
I don’t even know all your names
except you are the people of Lismore, Ballina
and northern River’s District.
To the Cassowary Coast council for all the forums
and hosting the Prince
and for extensions on projects
like RADF ones.
To the librarians, for saving interesting
books for the kids.
To Maxine for the gas stove
we are bringing it back.
To the neighbours who welcomed us to a new street
with warm hugs and chats over the fence.
To the Hawks footy club for sending joy to the kids
the posters have taken pride of place.
For Paulien my friend and all her notes and surprises
hand written snail mail notes so special and caring.
To Omid for coming to visit
and driving stuff from Nancy in Port Douglas
thanks Nancy for the furniture
you are so blessed.
Thanks to the people who let Nancy know
To Saeed for lending us a generator and giving us love
and inviting us to Kuranda to spend time with his family.
For all those who offered us their home
Julie Mudd, and others who would have taken us
We chose to stay here in our community
as it heals
thanks to my family and my friends, especially my sister in law Tahirih
and brother in law Alan
for all the help that they gave
oh my goodness Tahirih set up a fundraise
and Eva with her kindheart who wanted to lend us
what’s to be her new home.
I must not forget Ben who sent
rescue remedy for the kids..
he’s a naturapath and kind
and cares for people’s health.
To my mother who is always generous
and similarly also did a fundraise
she will pass on to community
thanks some of the staff at my children’s school
for being extra caring at this time
and recognising our stress
thanks to Bolton Bounds, Thompsons, Appalasamies and Gabriels
and others I can’t remember all the names
because its been such a blur.
But I’m trying
To the SES guys from Weipa you were so kind
even the telstra people who listened to our story.
To our beloved guinea pigs and quail for surviving!
Thanks to all those joining the Hamish and Andy page
I hope they arrive and do a show!!!
Let’s keep going and make
this come true.
Thanks for the chat with Treen that led to
this crazy escapade.
Thanks to all those people who have leant me an ear
and listened to what were the cyclone’s fears.
There will be many more to thank
but this is a start and it comes from my heart.
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