What I love about Australia
I’m an American living in Australia now for just over 10 years. I first came here because I fell in love with Sydney and the amazing beaches. But I’ve remained for a deeper reason that I have felt, but couldn’t really put my finger on it.
I’ve had trouble explaining what it was about Australia that makes me stay. But a recent newspaper article about a famous cartoonist has really helped to clear it up for me.
Interestingly enough, the article is about a famous political cartoonist named Pat Oliphant. Anyone who’s ever read the Washington Post would know Oliphant. Having grown up in Washington DC, I always thought Oliphant, was an American. Well guess what, he was born in Australia!
So, the revelation about why I love Australia is not just that Oliphant is really an Aussie. It is what Mike Steketee, of The Australian, wrote in his 14/11 article in the Weekend Australian about Oliphant. In there he explains it is perhaps [Oliphant’s] Australia attitudes… why Australia turns out so many world-class cartoonists: a natural inclination to challenge authority, a larrikin streak, a preference for plain speaking and not taking yourself too seriously.
When I read this I thought, wow, that’s it! It’s the Australian Attitude. That is what I love about being here. That is what I see in my best friends in Australia and to a large extent, it describes me. Must be why I feel at home here.
Thanks Mike! Thanks Australia!