A relatively youthful segment of the Battlers community, Out of Towners are family-focused and optimistic about the future. Whether they’re conventional families or single-parent households, working part- or fulltime, they’re content and capable of making their often-limited finances stretch a long way. Though most were born in Australia, a considerable few hail from mainland Europe and New Zealand.
Walk with Me
Quite a few of my friends are unemployed, so I’m lucky to have my job at the salon. I’m not on the world’s highest salary, but when I combine it with Darren’s child support payments, I get by okay (that’s if he actually pays up — he went back to Rotorua after we divorced, and it’s hard to chase him for money). Anyway, I like my job. I always wanted to be a hairdresser growing up.
Jake’s twelve, and growing up fast. He’s so protective of me, my little man about the house. I never have to nag him about homework, and sometimes he even does the dishes without being asked! He’s learning clarinet at school, so I’ve dusted off my old guitar, and we practise together.
A client of mine, Mrs Sheldon, wants to hook me up with her son. I reckon he might be too young, though — I don’t think she realises I’m on the wrong side of 40, and she can’t be that much older than me. Apparently he’s a truckie and on the road a lot, which is why we haven’t met yet. She’s good value — at the moment, she’s trying to convince me to join her gym but I get enough exercise doing the gardening.
Living in Helensburg’s great: Jake and I spend a lot of time at Stanwell Park beach, or exploring the national park. Last weekend, we went to the local wildlife park so he could do some research for a school project.