You know Jim Craig, right?
Hmmm. Okay, maybe you're thinking on it. The name has a familiar ring to it.
Look down. Any clues? Maybe without even clicking play your memory recalls the trumpet, the crack of the whip, and then the eerie silence just before hooves crash on the downside of a rocky cliff.
Oh yeah, Jim Craig!
The otherwise nameless hero of Banjo Patterson's classic poem, "The Man from Snowy River". Filmakers gave the hero a name, Jim Craig. Tom Burlinson brought him to life on the screen, and girls everywhere fell in love. Go on. Admit it.
This film was released in 1982, the last year I lived in Australia. The movie's popularity in the U.S. created a new respect and fascination in the States for the Land Down Under.
For me The Man From Snowy River was a link to the place I called home throughout my childhood. Now, it is nostalgic. Then, it was a reminder of the courageous spirit of Australians and of the mates I'd left and missed.
A lump still forms in my throat when the trumpet blasts and the whip cracks. Some things remain a part of our soul. All these years later, I am still a little bit Aussie. And a bit proud of it.
Amy spent her childhood in Melbourne, Australia, where her parents were church planters. After returning to the States, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia became home. Her true-life romance involved a travel nursing assignment during which she met her Pittsburgher husband, David. Currently a full-time homeschool mom to her two boys, one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder, Amy also worked in the health care field as a nurse for over twenty years. She and her husband have lived in North Carolina for the past fourteen years.