Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Life Story Stuck to the Fridge Door

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Life Story Stuck to the Fridge Door

Article excerpt

I HAVE one of those fridges with things stuck all over it.

I didn't buy it like that; when I first brought it home from the shop it was virginal white and shiny and new. Not a dirty finger print on it. All it was wearing was one of those energy-wise star stickers and the glue remains of a price tag.

But these days it's a dif-

ferent story. Adorning my fridge are unpaid bills, directions to sporting fields throughout the district, school timetables, school notes, shopping lists, raffle tickets, receipts, rosters, calendars from every real estate agent between here and Kempsey, vouchers for discount petrol, a couple of post cards from friends overseas who don't do email, a note from the vet about a a[approximately]procedure' that is overdue, letterbox flyers from people who claim to fix everything from computers to combine harvesters that I keep because it amight come in handy one daya, a not-so-pretty photo of somebody's baby, a recipe hubby ripped out of a magazine hoping it might inspire me (that's my man, the eternal optimist), a Powerball ticket waiting to be taken to the newsagent, and a couple of merit award thingies from school which I strongly suspect are given out just for sitting up straight or not stabbing your classmate with a compass but are none the less still proudly sitting alongside my cheap Tuesday pizza coupons.

Yep, my Westinghouse is a window into our world. It is a snapshot of our family life.

For visitors to our household a peek on our fridge is more revealing than a peek inside our bathroom cabinet.

That's why I had so much difficulty at the cheapo shop the other day when confronted with a wall of fridge magnets. I desperately needed more magnets to hold up the weight of the paperwork on my fridge but wanted magnets that would reflect the household and its occupants. …

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