Learned about real Social Networking
Back in the day, when my parents owned a Milk Bar in Broadway, Reservoir, Melbourne, life was simpler. Dad bagged up bags of mixed lollies and had a reputation for making the most generous milk shakes in the district. Every Sunday Mum creamed (using fresh, undiluted whipped cream) and iced Rosemarie Sponges, that locals flocked to get to put on their afternoon tea tables. On Monday any remaining cakes were gifted to Janefield, a nearby home for the mentally disabled.
My parents worked hard all their lives. While they were in the Milk Bar they worked at least twelve hours a day. We lived behind the shop and I went to University from there.
Just when KMart and Coles began to dominate the scene Mum and Dad were able to move on and retire. They had been identities in Reservoir, providing more than just supplies of groceries, fresh milk and bread, cut lunches and an array of chocolate. Making lime spiders, serving ice-cream in cones and acting as the gatekeeper to jars full of jewel-like lollies seemed like a glam life to some but the hours and pressure was relentless.
My parents, like other Milk Bar owners took on the role of secular priests. Mum and Dad “knew everyone’s names, would always have time for a chat, and readily offered advice when it was needed. They had infinite patience, especially for young children, who would spend half an afternoon drooling in front of the lollies counter, before finally deciding to spend their sixpence or, later, five cents on freckles and snakes.”
So many memories flooding back. I learned all I ever needed to know about social networking and counselling during those days.
Vale Mum and Dad! You were something else!
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The Wild Garden AdvenTURE Calendar takes people through twenty five steps towards understanding how the internet can be used as an interactive publishing tool. The Wild Garden introduced Soul Food community members to the potential of the web. This was made in 2005 and while there have been rapid developments in social networking in the interim, the Wild Garden provides important insight into the history of what became known as Web 2.
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