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A delightful surprise


A delightful surprise

Ashley Robinson has been trawling through the dictionary to find adjectives that best describe his long-suffering wife.

I have some big news coming out of our house. Really big news. I got home from work the other day to be greeted by a very excited other half – surprising, to say the least.

Of course, she wasn’t excited about me getting home and probably never has been in the past 40 years, but she wanted to read me something that she was emailed. The day before, she had been to a specialist and an email came from him about the same time as I arrived home. It was copied to Old Mate and her GP.

As I walked in the door, she was just frothing about something and told me to sit down while she read it to me: “Sheila Robinson is a delightful 70 year old”.

“What about that!” she said, with a big grin. “I have never, ever been called delightful before – ever.”

I must say, I was stunned – to the point that I looked up the definition of a woman being called delightful: “Giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing or a delightful surprise. Synonyms: pleasant, pleasurable, enjoyable; charming, enchanting, delectable, agreeable.” I could think of many adjectives to describe Old Mate, but ‘delightful’ would not be in the top 50 and to be described as ‘agreeable’ would possibly be the bottom of a very deep barrel.

If I had feathers or four legs, I could probably peg her as ‘kind, dedicated, caring’ and many more nice descriptions. But ‘delightful’ wouldn’t make that list, either.

As far as someone with no feathers and only two bandy little legs, who has been with her for 40 years, I am a bit light on for positive adjectives for her. The kindest I could be, probably, would be to call her ‘amazing’, as she has put up with me for such a long time and she certainly has been an amazing mother through some tough times.

On the flip side, possibly ‘aggressive’ and ‘impatient’ would be up there, although no one but me would believe that and I guess most of the time it’s justified. So for the past week, at least once every hour, either one of us describes her as ‘delightful’ and then we both start laughing.

I do wonder about the medico’s description. Either he is just a really nice bloke or his next bill is going to be a bloody beauty.


Ashley Robinson is the manager of Alex Surf Club and the chairman of the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

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