Day 201: An Act of Kindness From a Bundoora Park “Neighbour”

At day 13 of being alone in my van in Bundoora Park, the horrid weather melted away when a "neighbour" knocked on my door and delivered a heart-warming and tummy-pleasing treat.

Day 201: An Act of Kindness From a Bundoora Park “Neighbour”

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 4 September 2021

Living in and working from a van is great. No doubt about it.

At times, though, it I admit that it gets somewhat lonely. Especially when you’re on day 13 without a social bubble buddy. Uurrggh.

The upside, of course, is that I have been getting through an amazing amount of work and, with the equipment I have at hand, I can easily record interviews via my mobile phone and upload them via my “in-house” WiFi.

But…yeah, it does get damn lonely; and on days like today when the southerly is breezing in gently from the Antarctic, the clouds laying a blanket across the sky and the sun nowhere to be seen, well, it can be a bit of a downer. But I love my life and my work.

Especially when people take me by surprise…in a wonderful way.

As I sat on my bed this morning, working at finalising the script for this week’s Sixties Sojourn, I noticed a woman gesturing to me through the front window of my van.

When I opened the front door of my house (more technically referred to as the side door of my van), she greeted me, announcing that she lived in a nearby complex and often passed my van on her recreational walks through Bundoora Park.

Typically when this happens, it’s just people interested in knowing what is meant by the “Independent Aboriginal Media” signs on the van. That was secondary this time.

Introducing herself, she held out a plastic bag containing a container with homemade brownies. Man, I haven’t had brownies in a couple of years, and I definitely had a bit of a craving for something sweet.

The note, pictured at the top of this post, says it all. Simply an act of kindness and humanity when so much around us is bleak.

To that wonderful lady – Jade – thank you. You really made my day!

And the brownies? Absolutely beautiful. Thank you. 🙂

 

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Emmi Godau

    Great post you are an excellent story teller.

    Reply
    • Charles Pakana

      Thanks, Emmi. It’s the people who are the stories. So many amazing people in our community/ies.

      Reply
  2. Julie

    Thanks Charles for your stories… I will come and visit as soon as we are again allowed to… Sending you virtual hugs… Julie

    Reply
    • Charles Pakana

      Hiya, Julie. That would be awesome. We all need to be patient…as tough as it might be. Would be great to catch up with you. 🙂

      Reply

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