As we grew Stephen and I became crazy about toy soldiers. We used to collect them and sometimes recreate WW2 battle scenes on the lounge room floor at Stephen's home. Mr Hart, Stephen's dad had seen brutal service in PNG during the war and would sometimes tell us a little of his experiences. Actually, Stephen was my first male friend. (My first friends were Cathy and Helen Harris.. but that's another story) Stephen lived two doors down from my mums shop at Clayfield. And that is where I met him at the age of 3.5 years. As his mum told me a few years back.. you two were inseparable. My mother owned Commercial Supplies Unlimited and Fruition Tuition now stands where her shop once was. I do remember Stephen and I trying to load a stray dog into the back of mum's Austin A40 delivery van and take it home to Chermside where we lived at that time. And now? Well my mum has gone to God, Mrs Hart is still with us and Stephen is now one of Australia's most talented sculptors. Google him!
|Steven in his studio.|