I had just finished Year 12. My schooling days had come to an end and Mum wasn't letting me rest on my laurels.
|circa 1989 (dork)|
She'd lined up a summer job for me in a nearby Southend, a seaside village, and I worked in one of the local delis, across the road from the caravan park.
I wasn't totally sure about it, being a quite, shy person, a total introvert. It worked out OK.
It's probably everyone's dream job over the summer, and at the time, I probably didn't appreciate how cool it was.
I remember selling loads of ice creams, and meat pies! It always seemed busy, with local fishermen and holiday makers dropping in.
I can't really remember what I was spending my earnings on. My guess it was probably spend on clothes, makeup, and at the music store in those days!
My boss was a little old lady, Mrs Campbell. The shop was attached to the front of her house, and I remember sitting at her kitchen table for lunch, several times.
Funnily enough, the owner's of the other shop, at that time, the Crowe's, have been my neighbours in town for years!
Having no car at that stage, I lived in a caravan at my Gran's house. It was pretty awesome.
Gran lived next door to Kasey Chambers' Grandparents (totally unrelated to this story). Kasey was recently back in Southend (where she really grew up) for an interview with Julia Zamiro, for her Home Delivery show. There was much excitement around that Kasey was back in the region. Personally, I was more excited that Julia was!
I really enjoyed that summer. It was the first time I'd lived away from my family and all my brothers and sisters.
Occassionally Gran would take me back to town (Millicent). I made the mistake of sitting in the front passenger seat. This was her dog's seat on her travels. The dog was having none of it and sat on my lap, farting in protest for the entire twenty odd kilometres. Gran thought it was hilarious!
My summer job was over when all the tourists went home. I walked straight into another job, back in Millicent, and worked there until I was six months pregnant with Jake, at 19.
What was your first job?
Did your Gran have a farting dog?
What were you doing the summer of '89?