I had the worst case of 'mummy guilt' yesterday when I took myself off to the Royal National Show, without my kids. I felt so guilty as I looked around at all the other children with their parents, taking in all the sights and smells. At the same time I saw the frazzled looks on the parent's faces, constantly worrying that their children were in tow and listening to their demands every 5 minutes.
I can remember many times growing up that Mum would take off to the Show on her own with friends while we were at school, just so she could catch up with relatives showing cattle and having a look at all the handiwork and baking displays, which is what I did.
After I had a look around at a few things, I was feeling a little disappointed things weren't what they used to be. The showgrounds sit on prime Brisbane real estate, close to the CBD and Royal Brisbane Hospital. Most of the showgrounds are already under development for a new urban village.
Old standing companies aren't around anymore like the Queensland Butter Board who used to make fresh sandwiches. (Both of my sisters worked there in their younger years.) There was the same amount of people that you would expect on a Saturday but not much room for them all to go. It was very crowded and very busy.
At least the cattle and other animals never change. As soon as I got off the train, the smell just hit me and took me back to my younger days and Ekka memories.
After a quick look around on the way to the showbag 'tent', I picked up a couple showbags for the kids (who won't know about it until Monday afternoon) and headed straight to the train station bound for home. As disappointing as it was to not find it the same as it was when I was younger, I have to realise that time doesn't stand still. Even if I did take the kids, they would find excitement in things they saw, smelt and heard and make their own memories. Maybe next year? (Watch this space.)
On another note, the Queensland Country Women's Association (CWA) celebrates its 90th birthday TODAY! They've been at the Ekka since 1925 when the first tea room was in a tent and records show they made a profit of 20 pounds.
|Even the actor Geoffrey Rush stopped in to have tea and scones at the CWA rooms a couple days ago. (Photo courtesy 7 Yahoo News)|
Happy birthday Queensland CWA! Here's to the next 90 years, supporting women and their families in Queensland and Australia.