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that's life! 19 December 2019

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in this issue

4 min.
festive first date gave me twins!

Picking up my phone, I opened the dating app Tinder and swiped left until my thumb ached. There wasn’t anyone who took my fancy! ‘Time for a break,’ I said. Deleting the app from my phone, I decided I wanted a man-free zone in the run up to Christmas. I had two children, Harvey, 18, and Lucy, 14, from a 14-year marriage that had sucked all my energy and left me with no confidence. Days later, I slipped into a jumpsuit and dangerously high gold stilettos for my work Chrissy lunch. After a meal, we moved onto a bar where I noticed a tall, hunky man who was watching me. Phwoar! I thought. But I knew I had no chance. Eventually, I hobbled to a chair and pulled off my sparkly shoes. Just then, the handsome stranger appeared. ‘Why have you…

4 min.
killed on the way to christmas lunch

Tarmeka Tritton, 25, North Lakes, Qld Rocking up at the bowling alley, my little sister Makayla had clearly raided my wardrobe. She was dressed head to toe in my clothes. ‘Thanks for asking!’ I teased. There was five years between us, and while we sometimes fought, we were close as could be. By Christmas 2017, I’d moved out of home – but I was only 10 minutes down the road from Makayla, 18, and our parents, Laurie, 55, and Karin, 56. At their place, Makayla and I sat by the tree and doled out the gifts. We were going to Mum’s younger sister Leonie’s for lunch, so afterwards we packed the car with pressies for the rest of the family. Around 10.45am, I hopped into the driver’s seat. Dad was next to me up front, and Mum and Makayla…

4 min.
the bravest boy

Dani Noyer, 27, Auckland, NZ Sitting across from the doctor, I tried to take it all in. ‘I’m afraid your son has retinal dystrophy in both eyes,’ he was saying. ‘He will eventually lose his sight.’ I stared back in shock. Iziyah was only six months old and I’d recently noticed one of his eyes looked unusual. But I had no idea it would be so serious. Since birth, he’d also suffered recurring coughs and infections, and I had a gut feeling it was all due to something more sinister. Then, when he was two and I’d just given birth to his sister Kaylee, Iziyah came down with a nasty fever. I took him to Emergency where he was diagnosed with pneumonia and an abscess on his lung. ‘He needs surgery to remove a third of his…

3 min.
roll with it!

Racing around the skating rink, I’d worked up a real sweat. Doing laps around everyone in sight, I couldn’t help but smile. I’ve still got it, I laughed. I’d first fallen in love with the idea of rollerskating when I was just eight after going to see the musical show Starlight Express. Watching the stars soar around the stage, I was instantly captivated by their energy. Not to mention their sparkly outfits! ‘I want to be just like them,’ I said to my mum, Kerrie, begging her for a pair of rollerskates. But as a single mum to me and my two younger sisters, Shelley and Fiona, we lived a fairly frugal life. Working two jobs to make ends meet, Mum always did her best to make sure we were looked after. Still, I couldn’t help but dream about…

1 min.
a tree-mendous christmas

December is the most wonderful time, but also the busiest for a lot of families. The Mendhams are extra busy running the Richmond Christmas Tree Farm in Tasmania. The project started after they returned from Canada where they’d experienced the joy of picking your own tree. Their Christmas trees are highly-sought after by families wanting a real tree to decorate and put their presents under. Naughty or nice Teachers, parents and children in the UK compiled a list of naughty and nice baby names. Teachers were the most vocal saying Jacks were expected to wreak havoc. As for their female classmates, Mias were often mischievous. On the other end of the spectrum, if you have a boy called Arthur or a girl named Isla, you can rest easy! 25 The number of years…

4 min.
70-year reunion that found

Checking my messages, I saw a name I didn’t recognise. We have very similar DNA, Wanda LeBlanc had written. The next part changed my life. You are possibly my aunt, it said. At that, I froze in shock. Could this really be someone from my biological family? I wondered. I had taken the 23andMe test four years earlier to find out my health history. There was a thought in the back of my mind that I might find relatives too. I knew it was most likely she had died But I had to push that idea to one side to spare myself from any heartache. In 1948, my mother, then 20, had made the brave decision to place me with a loving adoptive family. If she was still alive, she’d be in her late 80s or 90s. I knew it was most…