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In Pursuit Of Understanding

Gena Alston

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Copyright 2009 Gena Alston

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Chapter 1

The Beginning of The Journey

Although the beginning of understanding did not start with my birth, I will actually start there. I was born on the third day of August 1947 when it was supposed to be one of the hottest days on record. That I do not know, but it wouldn’t surprise me for I love the heat; perhaps that is why many years later it was my destiny to choose to live in Queensland, Australia.

My birth was a bit special to my parents for my Mother had suffered five miscarriages between the birth of my brother Ed and myself, there are ten years between us. I remember so well during arguments with my Mother that she would say to me, ‘I had to have five injections at a guinea a time to keep you, now sometimes I wonder, why?’ Mother and I did not have a good relationship later on, more due to my own weaknesses rather than hers. Now for those of you who do not understand what a guinea is, it’s a sum of money that consisted of one English pound and one shilling—not very much now but no doubt a fair amount of money in those days.

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