(or 'Strong Woman Furphy')
I'm of the age where I've seen a thing or two
but not quite the age where I can accept these things.
I'm of the belief that if I leap off that cliff knowing the Goddess will catch me
then she usually does.
She's seen me drive across the country to introduce my child
to the man who discovered the body of her father in the bush.
She's seen me stand over the grave of my childhood abuser
and decide not to add my own DNA to his, in the form of my spit
and she's scooped me up me every time, in free flight, arms outstretched.
Yes, there's been a fair bit thrown at me
but, being a bit of a scrapper, I've managed to throw a bit back.
What's bugging me is that being created a strong woman
is not always good for us women.
Sometimes I think that bringing our girls up to be strong, capable and proud
is to teach them that no man is ever gonna step up for them.
Sometimes I think it would be a safer life
to be brought up pretty, flirty and a bit useless.
See that woman on the side of the road
in the middle of nowhere, car bonnet up?
That's me. People fly past - "She's handsome, she looks capable, she's okay."
Well I'm not any of those things. I'm fucking not okay.