• Josie Coco

Keeping house and home

Day 129/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.

It was the sixties, the marriage bar on women in the public sector was lifted, women with a prescription and a husband were allowed to get the contraceptive pill, fighting for the right to drink in bars meant chaining themselves to a bar in Brisbane, and indigenous Australian men and women were finally recognised as full citizens.

Television was introduced into our home and Bandstand began to "corrupt the minds" of my mother's eldest son and daughters.

Elvis Presley was discharged from his army posting in Germany, filmed GI Blues, married Pricilla and was turning heads and twisting hips including those of my eldest brother who was hellbent on being conscripted to the Vietnam war effort.

Such was the backdrop on which my mother raised 6 women and 2 men, while supporting her husband to provide the food and shelter of our family home.