Dad, who was the CEO of the only seat belt making company in Australia, took you on tours of the factory. You met all the workers, usually people who were new to the country. You were taught very quickly that all people are important in running a business and that everyone deserves your respect. He was a well loved CEO as he laughed and teased them. – ‘Oh Mr Kirby sir, you are so funny’. You also learned you can be funny and in charge!
Your mum, your biggest supporter, worked in the local high school library and you went on to study your Library Technician Certificate with her. She returned to work after we went to school and somehow balanced work, studying and homelife whilst Dad travelled for business. Mum ensured that she was always there for us. That there was nothing that was off limits, we could talk about anything and she had our back. I should’ve listened to her when she said I didn’t have to marry my first husband. She is a wise woman.
Phil, your darling brother; that outgoing and popular boy, who starred in the musicals, the school band and was known by everyone. To this day, I still meet people that will say, ‘aren’t you Phil’s sister?’ For much of my teenage years, I was eclipsed by his shining star. I was painting the sets for the musicals and selling the tickets at the door. He was on stage and loved by everyone. I envied his confidence. Why did he have it and I didn’t?