If you grew up in Australia, you won the lottery, and not just because of the unending sunshine and postcard-perfect beaches. Read on to reminisce about the good old days with these 20 Australian childhood memories.
You rug up as soon as it dips below 20 degrees
Sydney’s average maximum temperature in the dead of winter is 17.4 degrees… or, as they say in London, a balmy spring day. As a result of being raised in such warm and sunny climates, Australians struggle when the temperature drops.
Acceptable party food is triangles of buttered white bread dipped in hundreds and thousands.
In fact, superior to acceptable. All Australian children are aware that when the fairy bread is brought out, the party is about to begin.
You cannot sincerely apologize to someone named “Ben.”
The comical brilliance that is Chris Lilley’s magnum opus Summer Heights High was published in 2007, and we have been quoting Jonah, Mr. G, and Ja’mie King ever since. What is the show’s catchphrase? “I’m sorry, Ben!”
You’ve played a “heads down, thumbs up” game.
This game was a dead giveaway that the teacher was trying to kill time before the bell rang, but you didn’t complain.
Avocados are a fundamental food group.
They may cost a small fortune and be the reason why Australian millennials are unable to enter the housing market, but we cannot get enough of the green stuff.
You’ve been to Bunnings…
However, not for tools and wood. Because everyone who grew up in Australia is aware that the country’s largest hardware store chain, with more than 300 locations, is the best provider of sausage sandwiches in town.
You cannot say “look at me” without using an Australian accent.
Kath & Kim (2002-2007) skewered Australian suburbia with razor-sharp satire and served up quote after quote that was worthy of citation. “It’s nice, it’s unusual, it’s different,” “Over, O-V-A-H,” “You’re not a freckle – you’re a mole,” and who could forget “Look at moi, look at moi, look at mooooi”?
‘Intos’ is a holy commandment
Even the most intense game of schoolyard handball would come to a screeching halt if this word were spoken.
And so is ‘no hat, no play’
Even though all Australians acknowledge the need to “Slip, Slop, Slap” under the harsh Australian sun, this unchallengeable school rule has ruined countless lunches for forgetful students who forgot to bring a broad-brimmed hat.
Mum accompanied you to a Wiggles concert.
The original quartet of Anthony, Murray, Greg, and Jeff has been replaced, but if you were a child of the ’90s, you saw them before they were popular.
You don’t bat an eye at an enormous spider.
Without encountering at least one daddy long legs, a trip to the bathroom would not feel complete. Anyone who grew up in Australia is aware that there is no spider that a swift flick of the thong cannot dispatch.
You are aware that Lego is nothing in comparison to bindis.
Every Australian child has experienced the trauma of stepping barefoot on soliva sessilis, a noxious weed that plagues Australian lawns and is known to science nerds as soliva sessilis.
This item serves multiple purposes.
The humble esky – also known as a cooler, an ice chest, or a “chilly bin” to our New Zealander cousins – serves as a seat, a chopping board, and a set of cricket stumps.
It seems strange to celebrate Christmas without shrimp…
In addition to backyard cricket, mangos, and sand between the toes. No matter how many Christmas movies we watch, the idea of being cold on December 25 is incomprehensible to those who grew up in warmer climates.
But there’s nothing strange about learning about insects from a giraffe in the back of a van.
Due to the fact that Healthy Harold educates 300,000 children annually in schools from Broome to Bridport and everywhere in between.
Summertime has branded you with a seat belt buckle.
Twenty minutes in the scorching sun is all it takes for the metal portion of a seat belt to become hotter than the sun’s surface, ready to scald anyone foolish enough to touch it.
You cannot say “13:30:32” without a lisp.
Lube Mobile, which is not nearly as offensive as it sounds, was one of your favorite advertisements as a child, if only for the kid with the mullet and flanno trying to spit out “fifteen forty-two” at the end.
You shorten everything
Even Australia is known as Straya.
This rogue provided hours of amusement.
Keep Monopoly in its packaging. Turn the television off. Leave the pool and the bicycle behind. You and your friends could spend an entire afternoon swinging on the modest Hills Hoist.
You know precisely what to say when asked, “Have you ever, ever felt this way?”
Even though Round the Twist (1989-2001) was the strangest television show ever, all Australian infants recognize that its theme song is the de facto national anthem.
Topic: 20 Signs You Grew up in Australia
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