My dad was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia!!
A medal!! Order of Australia!! He’s an OAM!! For his services to the Christmas Island and Chinese community in Australia. He’s on the Australia Day Honours List!! A MEDAL!! Whoa!
According to the Honours website, “Australian honours recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions of extraordinary Australians”.
And he’s 4 ranks away from being a KNIGHT! Haha. Ok not really. When he told us, he invited the whole family around for dinner, told us “I’ve got a secret!”, even tried to set up the speaker phone with my sister in Japan. And then he started with his jokes, “Ok I expect you guys to show me a bit more respect now!” waving his hand at us. “Hey maybe I should make you guys bow before you come into the house. Or salute! Oh. And you have to call me Sir from now on.” Hahaha.
Today, my dad’s throwing a big party in his backyard. Roasted pig. Live band. 100 of his closest friends. Kids in the swimming pool. Tables and tables of food. Ah, what a wonderful way to spend Australia Day.
(The gorgeous photograph of the wattle was taken by Geoff Wise.)