Hey guys! Matt here! Thanks for checking in.
So! I’ve been doing some reminiscing about my younger days recently (as you do!) and I thought I’d share some things with you. I’m gonna try and write a little bit here and there each time from different stages in my life and there’s a lot I wanna tell you so bear with me.
So, I had a pretty weird/wild/busy/confusing upbringing. First of all, when I was about 5 my parents unfortunately decided to call it quits and from then on I lived only with my mum. My mum used to be a primary school teacher and was very much into doing new and adventurous things.
Grade 1 Matt Mannix HAHA
So, just after I finished Grade 1 at Guardian Angels Primary School back home on the Goldy in Australia my mum decided to take on like a “teacher exchange” thingamajig. What happened was my mum and I moved to Durango, Colorado and lived in this lady’s beautiful house (I still remember the smell of the fresh wood) and my mum took over the lady’s job at Sunnyside Elementary School as a Grade 2 teacher and was therefore my teacher! Yikes! The other lady came to Australia and lived in our house, drove our car, and took over my mum’s job for a year.
It was all quite a lot for me as I was only 7 years old at the time and had never been abroad, let alone had my own mother as my school teacher! I don’t remember my time there so vividly, but I do remember shoveling 2 metres of snow out of the driveway every morning before school and mum having to warm up the car for like 30min as the winter temperature was often around -30 degrees Celsius. The best thing though about being in Durango was that very fact, though. The snow! The scenery! The skiing! Going up to Purgatory Ski Resort every weekend to ski the slopes was something I’ll never forget! Being a 7-year-old at the time, I absolutely loved playing in the snow and being paid hot chocolate and donuts for clearing the snow from the neighbours’ driveways.
Purgatory Ski Resort
The other great thing was the summer holidays. During the break mum and I went on a 2-month road trip with the goal of visiting as many States and National Parks as we could possibly squeeze in. Of course, we had the lady’s car, a Jeep Cherokee, very American yes, but mum had to get used to driving on the other side of the road (in OZ we drive on the left side). We managed to visit so many great places. The most memorable for me would have to be Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Four Corners, Mesa Verde, Yosemite, Niagara Falls, Disney World, just to name a few. America really has some great sights! If you ever do decide to go to the States, make sure you visit all the wonderful National Parks they have to offer.
However, probably the worst thing I can remember about being there was the fact that my mum actually put me down a grade…Yes! You read that right! My mum put me down to Grade 1 because I supposedly didn’t listen to her and did my own thing in class. Nonetheless, I went straight to Grade 3 when I went back to OZ the following year so no harm done lol.
That’s all about my experience as a 7-year-old in the States. Check back for more of my random reminiscing at a later stage lol. Thanks! Matt.