SHARING YOUR STORY
Marlene Rutherford's Story; Founder and Owner of Joyful Awakenings
I was born in rural Victoria on a very hot day (so my mother often told me) in 1953. I was the youngest child to Stan and Joyce, with one sister and three brothers. We grew up on 100 acres of orchard growing pears, apples, peaches and apricots. During the summer holidays we all had to help sort fruit to send to the local cannery, of course there was often protest about having to do this. We were rewarded with lots of fun going water ski-ing on a regular basis. Friends would join us, and my father taught many of them to ski, he was a very patient teacher and had lots of fun with them, he was a bit of a devil (my mother’s words) and a practical joker, generous and loving to all.
I remember only last year and old employee on the orchard speaking lovingly of my father, reminding me he was the one that gave him his first ‘quid’ (approximately $2 in today’s money) by advancing him money to get food before he started work. At his funeral people consciously wore colour and casual clothes and all summed him up the same, a good, loving, generous bloke.
My mother was a great cook and my friends loved coming to taste her beautiful shortbread, jam kisses and the like along with a good roast just to name a few! She was a worrier especially about family and also about what other people thought,( a trait I have inherited and have worked on breaking) I always felt very loved by her, it wasn’t until later in my forties when I really connected with my father and felt that same love. My parents were very involved in the local community, dad through his love of sport and mum with her love of dance. I have fond memories of my carefree childhood and the supportive, loving community I grew up in.
The youngest of five!