The Christmas season is upon us. The Plaza lights have been lit, Longview's Christmas in the Park has started, and many other lighting ceremonies are happening. I often wonder how other countries celebrate Christmas, especially Australia.
Imagine a mysterious, diverse, and beautiful land on the other side of the world. A land that produces an instrument called the didgeridoo, which looks and sounds as exotic as its name. A land down under, a land called Australia.
But wait! Let’s go back to the instrument: a didgeridoo? Well, that’s just plain fun to say! The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians about 1,500 years ago that is still in widespread use today all around the world.
I have always wanted to go to Australia, and I must be pretty lucky because this Thursday Australia is coming to the Library. No 17 hour flight or long passport lines for me, I can visit the Outback right here at the Colbern Road Branch.
My mother told me that her grandfather, Charles Curnow Ladner, fought in World War I and was missing in action. She said her grandmother believed that he suffered from shell shock and would one day come walking through the door. He never did return from the war, and my mother never knew what happened to him. I decided to find out. World War I service records are available, so I got a copy of my great grandfather’s dossier. His service records contained not only service information, but also letters that my great grandmother, Emily, had written.