Right up until her death she continued working and making new friends, young friends, but it was the absolute joy of having her beloved granddaughter and her two little girls in her life that sustained her the most. Friends and family are what life’s all about really and to be cherished while we have them.
Her journey was to follow the journey of Sully and her family (parents and siblings - two sisters and a brother), locating the towns, the churches and the roads travelled. Where they'd been, so too had Sully.
Although Jen didn't face quite the same difficult conditions travelling the inland roads of the Riverina area that Sully and her father had encountered, she was quite alone on this journey. On one occasion, when she found herself in a precarious situation, Jen recalled how Sully felt, when he thought he'd die of thirst, grateful for surviving his ordeal. So too was she. Jen also felt akin to Sully’s wandering spirit, with her own moving from place to place as she's inclined to do.
Given all that, the book is not without light moments and funny incidents - Jen describes a night sleeping in the back of her car to emerge the next morning, like a wombat backing out of its burrow.
Jen has been able to include photos and extracts of her parents’ writing that take the reader right into the place and time - but its an understanding of the people, her family and Sully that we, as readers are fortunate to share with Jen.
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