You experience other cultures to give you a kind of shock that makes you look at your own culture. You appreciate it more as a result of being out of it, but you also realise there are some things lacking in your culture.
I think sometimes we rush through countries, ticking off the attractions, but that's missing the point.
I don't know why some people have children at all if they know that they can only take a few weeks off work.
I made a lot of friends at school, and they were all Africans. I could have felt very different. I didn't feel different, I didn't notice the color of their skin, I didn't notice the color of my skin and I have remembered that all my life.
My Mother was a very wild Australian woman. When we were in Africa she could kill a snake with one blow from a crow bar, which she kept at the back door.
Babies have much higher levels of stress in childcare.
Putting babies as young as two weeks into child care for the first year of their life, for 60 hours a week, will cause their brains damage.
You're not lonely when you're teaching, you're not quiet, you're laughing most of the time, you're having a wonderful time interacting with young people. It's the best fun in the world.
I have very little patience with children.
I think that my favourite animal is a baby possum, or a joey. The face of a really little joey is so divine - so, so gorgeous.
I was the most Australian child ever in the world, even though my home was in Africa.
My mother was a very difficult woman to please. She was the sort of woman who thought that if I were praised I would get above myself.
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