Our new normal

Life is currently very strange. My family and friends are nearby and for that I am grateful.

The kids and I have moved in with my parents at Woody Point for the time being. And not that it’s a bad thing, far from it, but it was not part of any kind of plan we ever had. The kids are keeping things “normal” for me and for that I am grateful.

We set up the kids bunk beds and toy cubes and they are surrounded by familiar things. We have the downstairs area of Mum and Dad’s to make our own, and for that I am grateful.

I’m feeling very conflicted at the moment. The sadness and fear and strangeness that washes over me regularly can be suffocating, but I’m not quite ready to deal with my new reality so I’ve been acknowledging, but also pushing those feelings aside. For now. In time and in space I will deal with things.

I’m heading to Rockhampton on Friday morning and staying for the night and most of Saturday. I want to have a chance to thank everyone up there for their love and support. I imagine it will be quite confronting as I haven’t been back there since this all happened and have almost separated myself from the events up there, in the safety of my family and friends down here.

I know I have so many wonderful friends to lean on up there, and for that I am grateful. In the midst of this tragedy, everyone has opened their arms and hearts and homes to our families and I want to say thank you. I’m still here. I’ll still be writing. Thank you for reading.


  1. Hi Renae…it’s Lauren from Cafe Derailleur. We were devastated to hear that Frith has left us. Our hearts are so heavy with this news, and please know that you and the kids are in our thoughts. We didn’t know what to do when we heard the news to make some sort of tribute to Frith, but have published a little zine (with an enormous print run of 5) about Frith & Cafe Derailleur. I’d love to send you a copy. If you would like one just send me your postal address (lifeisagrannysquare@gmail.com). Much love to you and your peeps…….from Lauren & Eric.

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