Recently I acquired a new friend who is just 19-years-old (born 1991, the year I was completing my HSC).
Although most times he doesn’t act as though he is just 19, there are things that pop up that get me laughing. Full of energy and enthusiasm, he jumps from place to place like my puppy. They make a great team, though it’s sometimes confusing — which one peed in the corner?
Is there such a big difference? Do all the age-bracketed feel the same way? Would a 60-year-old look at me in a similar fashion?
I have to thank Foxtel. Without reruns, many of our youth wouldn’t have experienced the original Bionic Woman, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie.
Then there is the internet where you are able to YouTube almost anything. The past is just a finger away, but do we really need to hold on to the past at all? Should we only focus on the future?
I often sit with his friends and feel like an historian, filling in the gaps of stories, where things were originally, who did what way back when, who was who.
It got me thinking. Is there an opportunity for our younger generation to learn about our community and its amazing past? Is there a chance to sit with some of our elders and learn how difficult they had it and how they came through as the amazing people they are now? Is it up to them to ask questions or should there be some sort of resource that is available to them?
It could be a fabulous adult education course. I could see how the first day of school would go now.
Morning lessons: Mardi Gras, Dawn O’Donnell.
Midday: Purple Onion, Ken’s Karate Klub and the rainbow flag.
Afternoon: John Waters and his movies.
There would be guest speakers sprinkled throughout the semester and students would receive a Pink Diploma at the end of the eight-week course.
Until the course is up and running I’m trying to pass on as much of my knowledge as I can, until I hit a stump. Then I will have to gay him forward to someone else.
Now to meet the 19-year-old at Café 191. I hope he knows it. Do you know how many times 19 goes into 36?

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