Country Comforts comprise a tiny, distinctive bloc of mid-life country families with moderate personal and household incomes derived largely from farming, mining and local retail, often using some form of tertiary or technical qualification. They are socially reserved and financially cautious, more confident using their brawn than brains and are satisfied with their own hard-fought careers but worried about their children’s limited prospects in rural industries.
Walk with Me
I’m a spare parts inventory office manager with a big earthmoving and agricultural machinery supplier in town. Started just after the kids were in school, about ten years ago now. I have to look decent as there’s a fair amount of face-to-face sales involved, but nothing too flashy. I’m off to Mt Isa next week for the annual trade show. My husband Darren’ll have to remember to feed the kids occasionally. I’ll make a lasagne before I go; should last them a couple of days.
I’ll miss training but I suppose a week off won’t kill me. A few years back a bunch of us set up a local ladies netball team, The Renegades. At first it was just a bit of fun, but now we take it pretty seriously. I set up a blog for the team where we load up scores and pics and try to do a bit of fundraising.
The kids Ben, Jack and Lisa are all in high school now. I reckon only Jack’s interested in uni: he loves science and maths—don’t know where he gets that from. Ben’s been a bit of a troublemaker over the years. Dropped out in year 10 and been talking about a mechanics apprenticeship, but I’m not holding my breath. Lisa’s only just turned 13 but I already know she’s going to be out the door the second she turns 18, probably moving to the city. I’m trying to spend some quality time together, even if it’s just watching a DVD or taking a drive. I saw online there’s a fancy new resort opened up in the hills, so I might take her there next school holidays for a mother-daughter break.