But we did none of those things. We went out for breakfast. (You may have seen us driving past—ours was the car that didn’t have flags attached to every window.) We did a little shopping while our son ran around the shopping centre, giggling the entire time.
Later, while he was having his afternoon nap (now you know why we let him run around), we surfed the Internet and did a bit of social networking. When he woke up again, we watched some kids movies. (And if you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning you’ll know the name of at least one of those movies.) And for dinner we got take-away.
No lamingtons. No prawns. No alcohol. And not a flag to be seen, let alone waved.
So what happened? Did we take all that we have for granted? Did we forget how great this country is? Did we forget to celebrate how wonderful it is to be Australians?
No, of course not. And we celebrated, believe me.
We celebrated that we live in a secure area with a roof over our heads.
We celebrated how easily we could get food to eat (even though the 15% surcharge annoyed us a little).
We celebrated about having jobs that pay well enough for us to go shopping. (Mind you, I doubt we’ll be celebrating tomorrow morning when the alarm goes off at 5:30am.)
We celebrated how our son could run around happy and free, without worrying about him being shot, or stepping on a land mine.
We celebrated that we could spend the afternoon with our child, instead of having to work a second shift or having him working in a sweatshop.
We celebrated the fact Red Rooster was open on a public holiday.
And I’m sure a lot of other people did the same. (They’ll be the ones not wearing dark glasses and clutching their heads tomorrow.)
So if you spotted someone in Australia today who wasn’t singing Advance Australia Fair with a beer in one hand and a lamington in the other, don’t get the wrong impression. Chances are they love and appreciate this country just as much as you and me.
After all, that’s why they’re here in the first place.