When you were only four years old


An excerpt from a mother’s letter to her two young daughters. Published in The Australian Women’s Weekly, April 2019 issue.

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To her now five-year old daughter:

“Arkie, your self-awareness was brought into stark relief recently, when you were only four years old. I was trying to share past memories with you, but said, “You wouldn’t remember because you weren’t born yet.”

Your response rendered me speechless: “I was floating around the universe, hunting for parents.”

Janice Petersen is a SBS World News presenter and mother to Odessa, eight, and Arkie, five.



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