VALE Yvonne Estelle Bird O.A.M 28th June 1926 - 27 June 2019
Yvonne Estelle Bird O.A.M 28th June 1926 - 27th June 2019
Yvonne Bird As a teacher librarian adviser, Yvonne was involved in the art of writing. She has a particular interest in poetry and has had poems and limericks published in a number of daily newspapers and read on radio programs. She has written narratives for the National Boys Choir of Australia, and plays for school children.
A MODEST VIEW
I am just your typical passionate and proud grandmother, but there my similarity with other doting grandmothers ends. I do not need a semi-trailer to carry my brag book, and I can talk non-stop about the virtues of my grandchildren without a power-point presentation. You see, my grandchildren are always dux of their grades, stars on the sporting field, and just amazingly talented in the Arts.
I listen condescendingly to disillusioned grandmothers relate the somewhat trivial achievements of their offspring with the comfort of knowing that they can never reach the dizzy heights of my grandchildren. I can always top the brilliant accomplishments of any other co-called ‘gifted’ child.
I am fortunate to have the brightest star of all. He knows that school is a wicked waste of his precious time, and not a necessary adjunct to his future life. He much prefers the comfort of his bed to sitting on a hard chair all day. When finally he is extracted from his cot he makes the most amazingly original excuses for his tardiness in arriving at the school door. ‘I was abducted by aliens’, ‘I rode to school on a sheep’s back, but it was too slow’, being examples of his entries in the ‘late’ book. The fact that these earn him detention every Friday night does not faze him at all, after all it fills in the time between school finishing and meal time.
A new teacher, not up to our professional standard, spent two weeks calling him Albert, the name of another successful pupil in his class. When finally challenged he acknowledged that he wouldn’t mind if the real Albert’s marks were confused with his as he had much more important matters upon which to concentrate. His ability to dodge the hard work shows that his high level of intelligence could put him top of the Mensa class. (Mensa is not a misspelling of Mafia.) When I asked his mother what could really be done to make him enjoy school, ‘Burn it down’, was the sharp retort.
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