24 Jan 2013

January 24th

Today, I'm thinking of the song, I Don't Wanna Talk About It and the memories the tune and words bring back. First let me set the scene of what was happening around the world at the time.

In 1975:
·         The Vietnam War ended,
·         The British Conservative Party chooses its first woman leader, Margaret Thatcher,
·         US Apollo and Soviet Soyuz 9 spacecraft link up in space and Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts shake hands,
·         BIC launches first disposable razor.

In the early 70's, my former husband and I took our three children around Australia in a caravan, looking for a better way of life. When we returned, we bought the house we'd left behind in Robe, South Australia and settled down. He built up a small building business and I ran a craft shop. By the mid seventies, we'd converted the craft shop to a tea room and I baked cakes in the wood stove and grew wonderful vegetables. Our back to the earth lifestyle included raising different types of fowl, geese and ducks and a small flock of colored sheep in the field beside the house. I spun the wool to use for knitting and weaving.
Meanwhile, in 1975, Rod Steward released I Don't Wanna Talk About It. I hid my feelings too. My husband became increasingly obnoxious and I went into denial mode. I'd made a vow to him and wanted to honor my commitment. Yet, he made me desperately unhappy. Rod Steward's song spoke to my heart.
The world has changed drastically since then. Some of you weren't even around in that decade.
I'd love to hear if you ever lived a different way than you do now.


  1. Hi Francene .. life was much more difficult then in so many ways - I admire you for taking the opportunity to go round Australia with the children ... and then your enterprise in building up your business ..

    I too managed get away but didn't have kids and hadn't been married long - just not easy ... 'bullying' talking, or bullying psychological is just dreadful to deal with ... the pull of the heart strings ..

    I've learnt that I have to do what I want to do and not let others upset or influence me ... I hope now that my mother has gone I can be stronger in this direction ...

    Life turned around for the better for you - with thoughts .. Hilary

  2. No, I wasn't around in the 70s, but close (born 1980)!

    It was interesting to read about your life at the time. Funny how a song, at the right time can encapsulate your feelings and have such a big effect on you.

  3. I started reading this thinking how lovely your life sounded and then I got to the painful bit. Yes, I've had 'two lives' and when that song came out I was with my first husband and felt pretty much as you did. It was many painful years later that I divorced and met Mr A who is a kind and adorable man.

  4. Wow, that's a lot of change. Craft shop to tea shop to a marriage ending. Wow.


Please tell me what YOU think.