Week 34, 2008
I was 10 years old. My mum and dad owned tiny shop out west of Sydney, Australia where my Dad, being the entrepreneurial type that he was, saw an opportunity to buy palm trees from Queensland and sell them in Sydney at half the price one would normally pay.
Where the accident took place
My Dad had taken to recruiting the efforts of myself and my older brother, who happened to only be a year older (but has always been about 1 foot taller than myself) to work in the shop We didn’t mind too much; spending time with Dad was difficult at any time and an opportunity lost is one you’ll never get back.
My Brother (Mick) Cousin (TJ) and Myself -1986
Warragamba Dam NSW
One afternoon after school, Mum had taken my brother and I out to the shop to help with the daily ‘shop closing’ tasks. It was our job to go out and pull all of the shop’s signs down from the light posts on the highway. Being both slightly naive and very competitive at 10, I was trying to keep pace with my BIG bro, I watched as my brother dodged cars and collected signs and I was determined to keep up. I saw my brother bolt back across the road. I thought to myself… “he’s going to collect more signs” so I ran as fast as I could in an attempt to not let him get the better of me. And that was the last thing I can remember about that day. I remember opening my eyes and seeing a whole bunch of adults wearing white uniforms. I remember doctors telling me that everything is going to be ok. I remember my mum sitting in the ...
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