Margaret Farrell was brought up in Otorohanga and went to school and university in Auckland. She has also lived happily, though intermittently in Wellington over three decades, and is now settled back in Auckland after diverse experiences, and a range of jobs in New Zealand and overseas that reflect the growth of opportunities for women in the workplace. She is a member of a group of writers who are developing their skills, and enjoying their shared experiences, with Deborah Shepard.
1. I won’t eat tripe (I never have) – just looking at it is enough to justify this decision.
2. I won’t wear a miniskirt again – I experienced the fashion sufficiently some decades ago.
3. I won’t visit Afghanistan – a dangerous place now; and my Uncle Herbert (Bertie), died there, when he was a captain in a Ghurka regiment, long before I was born. His death was due to food poisoning when he was wounded, and in a weakened state.
4. I won’t marry again. The husband I lost is irreplaceable – and anyway, the urge is feeble.
5. I will go into a “Rest Home” only if handcuffed, drugged and dragged
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