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that's life! 21 May 2020

Many media outlets try to connect with readers and engage them. But for genuine engagement and a vibrant sense of community, there is nothing else on the Australian media landscape that so clearly connects with its audience like that's life! magazine. That's because our million-plus readers also provide our content - it is their voice that makes that's life! the magazine with heart.

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2 min.

This week I want to give a shout out to all the parents out there who have been absolute champions during this terrible pandemic. As different restrictions are lifted across the states, I know there will be a lot of parents and carers breathing a huge sigh of relief when their children eventually head back to school (and if they didn’t already think teachers were amazing, then they certainly do now!). But I’m thinking about parents and carers particularly today, after reading our beautiful compile on Page 60 with three stories of family love that will warm your heart. There’s the 98-year-old mum who moved into her 80-year-old son’s nursing home because well, she’d always looked after him. The photo of them both is just so beautiful. Then there is…

1 min.
your life!

ME and my PET Arlo is a pretty reluctant selfie participant, but I try. Paulette Cole, Shepparton, Vic In Ireland, a lot of tourists asked us for directions. But we two Aussies weren't much help! Debbie Neilson, Padstow Heights, NSW All my life I had dreamed of going to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. My dream was fulfilled with my husband, Greg. Julia Parker, Gosnells, WA Tully, six, has embraced chalk art since the COVID-19 restrictions. Chelsea Ciano, Tree Gully, SA While holidaying on the Gold Coast, I made a quick stop at Movie World. Carolyn Mullen, Deer Park, Vic WINNERS are grinners When the delivery van pulled up I was sure it was an April Fool’s joke. As you can see, I was very chuffed with my fan prize. Bill Hunter, Taree, NSW Enjoying that’s life!…

5 min.
my dad gave me twins!

The chances are very high that you won’t ever have children,’ my doctor said at a check-up. ‘It would be too dangerous for you, and the baby.’ I was only 16, but I’d always imagined that one day I’d be a mother. Glancing over at my mum, Julie, I could tell she was heartbroken for me too. I’d been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease aged nine. Over time, my kidney function would get so bad, I’d go on dialysis, and eventually need a transplant. Bugger him! I thought, staring down the doctor. I will have kids one day… ‘You can have one of my kidneys, Angie,’ my dad, Leon, promised. Then, at a music festival when I was 23, I ran into a bloke I’d met briefly at my 18th birthday party. ‘Is your name Angie?’ Luke, then…

4 min.
two missing wives… police feared i’d be next

Diane Beasley wasn’t looking for a husband when she went out with John Smith in 1998. She was a single mum and had been divorced for three years, but she was happy on her own and just enjoyed going on the occasional date. But the lanky, slightly awkward John quickly won her over. He was ‘sweet, nice and very polite’, she said. He seemed like the perfect gentleman. As they got to know each other, John confessed to Diane that he’d been married twice before. He’d wed his first wife, childhood sweetheart Janice Hartman, when he was fresh out of high school. John said he was heartbroken when she divorced him in November 1974 after just four years of marriage. In 1990, John met Betty ‘Fran’ Gladden and, after a whirlwind romance lasting only a few months,…

4 min.
22-year age gap i fell n love with my son’s best friend

Sighing, I peered at the pile of worn clothes and dirty dishes scattered around my son’s room. Callum was a typical 16-year-old – messy and totally addicted to playing video games. ‘I’m not your maid, Callum,’ I moaned. But with a headset on and eyes glued to the television screen, I could tell he wasn’t listening. Just then, he turned around with a huge grin on his face. ‘Takhari has invited me to stay with him,’ he said. ‘Please can I?’ ‘I’ll think about it,’ I replied. He suddenly leaned forward and kissed me Callum had met Takhari three years earlier playing Xbox online. He lived around 500km away and was 18 now. They’d spoken constantly but never met in person. At first I was dubious, but then I realised my boy was growing up, so I agreed to drive him…

3 min.
a dress disaster

Pulling on my pyjamas, I sprawled out on the sofa and let out a happy sigh. It was Friday evening and I was looking forward to a fun, girly night in with my sister, Leah. We shared an apartment and often hung out, but the last few months had been different as she’d started dating Charlie. So I was excited for some quality sister time. Ten minutes later, Leah came bursting through the front door, clutching a beautiful bouquet of blooms. ‘Charlie just sent these to my work and he’s surprised me with a weekend away! We’re leaving in an hour, though – you don’t mind, do you?’ she breathed. ‘I thought we were having a movie night. We haven’t seen each other in ages,’ I huffed. ‘I’m sorry! But I didn’t know he’d planned this. I’ll make…