1 JimmyR 1 week ago My wife and I have had a bit of a bad run recently - my dad died on new year's eve and not long afterwards my mother in law went - a huge brain tumour, discovered only just before christmas was responsible. Still if you gotta go it could be a lot worse - dad was 87, mother in law was 86.My mother in law was a Croatian catholic, so she had her plot at the cemetery already picked out and paid for. It's a lovely spot too - while we were seeing her off kookaburras cheekily laughed loudly, Twenty-eight parrots ( there are parrots called Twenty-eights) whistled and squawked in the gumtrees. And not far away from her spot is Bon Scott.It made me realise that where I live is full of people who come from somewhere else. It's wonderful. My mother in law never quite mastered English and her attempts were often very, very funny to her family. Years ago in war-torn Croatia she had been told by her Aunt that she was going to Australia. As the eldest of 9 children she was to be the first of her immediate family to leave to live with another aunt in Australia. The same kind of story could be told of people from Italy, Germany, Macedonia, Greece - the list goes on. It could be said of families from Scotland too, some of whom went on to be quite famous world-wise for their music.Now people are coming here from Africa and the middle east. So I get to meet people from everywhere in the world and I love it. New foods to try, new sayings, new music, new ways of seeing things. But always they are just people wanting a better life. The guy who delivers my stuff that I order online is from Eritrea. He knows me by name now and always has a smile - recently he introduced me to his friend who (I think) is also from Eritrea who he is training to do his job. One time he had tried to deliver a package to me - I think it was a guitar pedal. We weren't home but he spotted me walking down the street with my wife so stopped his van and asked if I wanted my parcel. How cool!I feel very lucky to live here with such wonderful people. If my mother in law had never come here I obviously would never have met my wife. My son's girlfriend is half-Mauritian. She is a beautiful young woman. My mother in law said that she was so glad that she had been sent to Australia because she had a life here she could never have dreamed of back home.There are many other reasons to be grateful for living here - the likelihood of getting shot is extremely remote! But it's the people who make Australia a good place. You guys should visit some time.