Was enjoying the Prof’s views on traditional Aboriginal society erosion …

Comment on Prof Gerritsen: We got it wrong from the start by John Bell.

Was enjoying the Prof’s views on traditional Aboriginal society erosion but raised an eyebrow when he said that Slim introduced romantic love.
One of the most beautiful romantic love stories I ever heard out bush was the ancient Dreamtime story of the kookaburra legend.
A young tribal man married his young bride and soon afterwards went on an extended hunting party trip.
While he was away, his young bride died of natural causes unexpectedly.
He grieved uncontrollably for his loss for many months.
One night in a dream she came to him and told him to stop grieving; she was at peace; he should get on with his life. Next morning he woke up still grieving.
The next night she came again, telling him again. Once more he woke up next morning and still grieved.
On the third night she came again and said “Ok sport. Enuff is enuff. In the morning when you wake up I will send you a sign. To be happy and get on with your life. I am at peace.”
Next morning the young lad opened one eye and saw this strange little bird a metre away on the ground looking at him.
As he watched, the little bird rose in the air, circled him a few times, watching him and flew off, with a happy laughing sound drifting back on the desert morning air.
He got the message, stopped grieving and lived a happy life thereafter.
The kookaburra romantic story, an Aboriginal romantic story, around in the Dreamtime a few zillion years before Slim, God love him, came on the scene.
How lovely is that, I ask!

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