1 See the old man shuffle in, see the old man shuffle in,
see the old man shuffle in to the hospital today.

2 Oh his legs don't work so well, no his legs don't work so well, Oh his legs don't work so well, they're in retirement now.
BRIDGE: But his love is strong,
it's as strong as yours and mine,
and maybe some more, and maybe some more, I think so.

3 O he's come to see her smile, and he's come to make her smile, o he's come to see Elsie smile before she smiles no more.

Robin Mann © 1981. In the last year of her life, Mum got very sick and had to go to hospital. She’d had twelve children, worked hard all her life, and various parts of her body said they’d had enough. She was treated in the Queen Elisabeth Hospital in Adelaide, and various members of the family transported Dad back and forth from Murray Bridge to see her. Dad’s legs had just about had it, and his slow walk combined with the tenderness between Mum & Dad led to this song. They exchanged sweet nothings in German (the first language of these 4th & 5th generation Australians). I never sang the song to either of them. Mum died in October of that year, Dad the following April.


ALWS 5/10/23

To say I've been inactive on my website is a serious understatement! I've written nothing here since early 2021. 

So, does this mean the world has stopped for us, that nothing is happening?
A major event for us in 2022 was moving house in October. We had been in Modbury Heights since July 1993.Now we're back in Klemzig.

In May we travelled to the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, seeing work supported by Australian Lutheran World Service. Dorothy and I are Ambassadors for the ALWS programme, Lives You Touch. We are encouraging people to leave money in their will for the work of ALWS. We committed to leave a third of our will many years ago and hope many others can touch lives in this way.
Since then we have visited Box Hill & Loxton with Jonathan & Julie Krause as part of the Asante presentations, promoting the cause of ALWS. Still to come this year are Asante events in Toowoomba & Rochedale (Nov 26 & 27) and Perth (Dec 10)

Looking forward to seeing many people on these occasions.