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My favourite 5 years

If you could turn the clock back, which five years would you be happy to live again?

Would it be childhood, or teenage years, when you were free of responsibility? When you could just play and sleep in on weekends?


My favourite 5 years

Or would it be the years when you knew a bit more, the twenties or thirties? Usually if you have children it’s a frantic time, but they are at that delightful stage when they still think Mum is wonderful, the centre of their world. Doesn’t last long, does it? (Not like when they grow up, and they think she is just dumb.)


How about the later years when the worst is over, and you reach the calmer waters after forty?


I didn’t really enjoy the angst of teenage years and then I was married at nineteen. Whisked off in a flash of smoke, to New Zealand, with my new husband.


My thirties were happy, but frantically busy, as I juggled a job, helping my husband, caring for children and assorted pets, then nursing my mother in law who came to stay with us. I seemed to cook non -stop, as I made bread and cakes every weekend. The boys were quite a handful, and daughter was in the throes of teenage rebellion. Yes I would need strong drugs to relive that time.


By my fifties we were struggling as we adjusted to a new life in Australia we came here in 1987, we had by then, had to deal with my parents becoming more fragile too. My father died just before we left England and my mother sadly, only had six weeks in her new country with us, when she also died suddenly.


No if I could choose, my best time would be my early forties,. The best time in so many ways, the children were in their late teens, and making their way in the world, my husband had a successful business. We were actually financially more stable than we had ever been, (or have been since) We could go to Paris or Menorca for holidays, we lived in the centre of Historic Bath, a beautiful city.


I worked part time for a big department store in a fashion shop, and had terrific discounts on things I bought, we had great friends we had known for years and a good social life. It was a charmed few years, nothing lasts, life changes, but if you could take me back to the early 1980’s I could deal with that.


Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. Living on a farm had to be a happy childhood so that should be some of the happiest years of my life. Working side by side with my Mum who was always until the day she passed three years back my best friend left me with so many memories. Many of hard work. I did not have teenage years as such as I was married at 17yrs and a Mum at 18. Those first few years would have to be some of my most content. We had nothing, we wanted for nothing apart from being together with our son. Before I reached 22yr we had three kids and that was the hard years with a husband away a lot, living alone in Sydney, no car and a husband away working most of the time. I would take now as my best years. We live on the road in a van, very little money but my husband has survived two heart attacks before we left and now our life is our own to come and go when and if we chose to whatever magic place we wish. This is a magnificent country and I feel totally blessed that we have the chance to see as much of it as we can without the stresses of bills that we have lived with all of our lives starting out since we were kids. We don’t do winters and at present basking in the warmth of Nth Qld with our only problem being where to from here on Monday as our feet are itching to move on further North. No guilt left behind as I spend my hours working in Care as well as caring for my Mum before we laid her to rest and she was at last free. Now we for the first time in life are nobodies daughter, our kids are independent living wonderful lives, so we are parents but only in the word as such as we love them and our grandies to bits. We do not miss them as Facebook is wonders and we see more of them than we did before also we can trip from one to the other when we wish. I love this life now so why would I want to go back to the harder years that I have memories of and not such great ones and lots of heartache. Bless the 60+ years but I think I now shall freeze time and continue on to be a young early 50 person. We are so fortunate to have made this age after so many near misses we hold them tight and enjoy.

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    • Your story is so inspiring, and the fact that now its so good is your reward for hanging in there. Beautifully written too. People who only know us at one stage of life often think that is the way it always was. How wrong they are, never judge another person. Like you had some hellish years. Have a photo of me with three children, one in my arms two in a twin push chair, I felt like death, and it was not a good time. So much wrong with my life at that time. Like you we have dealt with it, and the rewards are to enjoy what we have, Keep traveling, keep happy, you sound a strong woman. Rhanks for sharing.

  2. Well. The best 5 years of my life are the five years just gone. Before that it was the five years previous and before that the previous 5 years and so on and so on. If you dont think that way you have wasted an entire life. I wouldn’t change a thing. The good the bad and the downright terrible. It all helped me enjoy the present. I reckon the next five years will be the best of them all.

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