2019 - Windsor, NSW

“Play the guitar so I can sing,” Mum says. “What’s that song…by Don Henley?”

“Heart of the Matter?” I reply.

“Yeah, that. Play that.”

“Don’t wanna.”

“Do it or I tell the Marie biscuit story,” she says.

My sisters and I groan in unison. My sister’s boyfriend leans forward, asks the question we don’t want him to ask. “What’s the biscuit story?

It’s an old favourite. There was a time when mum was young and she hadn’t eaten for days. A couple of neighbourhood kids teased her with a small pack of Marie biscuits.

John Contad

DevOps. Stories. Guitars. Motorcycles. Melbourne.

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