Saturday, May 07, 2011
Bring on Australia Day 2012 - our flag is ready
When I was a kid, I was a little obsessed with learning about other country's flags (and currencies and stamps and languages and ... I guess you could say I was a geography nerd!). I always thought Libya must be a place with particularly happy school kids because their all-green flag was so easy to draw (not anymore!). All those European countries with the three-stripe variety of flags got my seal of approval, because I could manage them easily enough. I was never too pleased with Australia's complicated stars and Union Jack, though I learnt to deal with it!
Anyway, this geographical obsession definitely helped fuel my desire to travel, so I don't mind if my little boy follows on. But I hadn't planned on starting him this early! Last week at a hardware shop he admired an Australian flag sticking out of the cash register, flashed his cute smile (he might be only one, but he knows how to get stuff) and the cashier gave him the flag to take home. All he wants to do is wave it around. Constantly. So although Australia Day doesn't happen until January 26, we are all prepared here.
Are there other avid travellers out there who loved this kind of stuff as kids? Please confess in the comments if you can relate!