In 400 metres, take the 2nd
exit onto Stirling Highway
What was my Mum like when she was a baby, Nanna
She had amazing eyes, Gracie, bright blue with
dark rings around the outside.
She’s got green eyes now.
What else? Was she funny?
Yeah. She talked all the time, in another
language, garble garble garble. I wish I’d taped her talking.
My brother doesn’t talk yet. He just lies and
sleeps and then he wakes up for milk.
I always wanted a brother. A big brother
though. Someone to stick up for me. Having a brother is really cool, I think.
Was Mum naughty?
Yes, all the time.
Take the 2nd exit onto Stirling
Hang on, just let me get into this traffic,
Hey! You just made up a word. Trafficky. I love
it. Traffic is trafficky. Excellent.
CHCHCH … right lane on Roe’s out.
CHCHCH … what the fuck is it now.
CHCHCH … some dickhead in a Sierra’s parked up
with ‘is fucken hazard lights on.
CHCHCH … ahh ok mate, cheers … what a fuckwit.
They’re swearing Nana Sarah, who’s swearing?
It’s the truckies talking to each other on
their radios. Sorry. But I like leaving the radios on, so I can hear what’s
happening. It’s a bit different but sort of like music radio.
Stay in the left lane.
It’s like being on the telephone except
everyone with a radio can hear what you’re talking about.
Can I make a call? On that radio thing?
For the next 5 kilometres, stay in the
left two lanes.
Okay. But here’s the rules. Did you hear them
talking about which lanes are safe to drive?
So you can’t jam up the radio waves and carry
on when they’re talking about stuff like that. You say what channel you’re on,
like TV channels. These guys are talking on channel 40. So let’s practise first.
Say your name and channel, Gracie.
Grace reporting on channel 40 …
That’s brilliant! Okay, what are you gonna say
Say hello if you can hear me?
Yep okay. That’s good. How do you sign off?
What does that mean?
It means how you finish the call. Say Grace
over and out. That means you’ve finished speaking but you that want them to
Hi everyone, this is Grace reporting on channel
40 … I’m on my way home from school, if you hear this please say hello to me,
Matilda on channel 40, Grace over and out.
Pretty cool, Grace.
No one is talking to me.
That's okay mate.
Take the next exit onto highway 3 to
Victoria Park, Sealane Avenue.
I’m not sposed to know where I live, Nanna
Sarah. Is this machine going to tell me where I live?
It’s okay. I’ll stop the directions before we
get there so you don’t hear it.
Why didn’t they answer my call Nanna Sarah?
They’re probably busy. Hang on, I’ve just gotta
do this thing. mutters fuck this city thing stresses me out.
Take the exit.
Grace reporting on channel 40. Hope you had a
good weekend. Today at school we did our maths test. Please say hello. Grace out.
CHCHCH … Heeeelllooo Grace!
Someone said hello!
Yes someone did!
CHCHCH Hello Grace!
CHCHCH That fucken dickhead doin’ 50 northbound
I can’t fucken believe it what a dickwad.
CHCHCH I’m having chips for dinner, mate. Jacks
CHCHCH Mate I hear you.
CHCHCH Hello Grace!
Nanna Sarah, what was my Mum like at school?
Was she good at sport?
Your mum was hopeless at sport.
I’m good at sport. What colour was her hair?
What colour was her eyes?
You know that. They were blue and now they’re
My brother’s eyes are blue.
Yeah. All babies are born with blue eyes. Did
you know that?
His eyes might turn brown.
Yes they might do.
His Dad’s eyes are brown.
Yes. Yes they are.
My Dad’s taller than you, Nanna Sarah.
No he’s not.
Dad wants to know if you still have big frizzy
hair. He says your frizzy hair makes you look bigger than him but he’s really
bigger in real life. That’s not true, is it?
I’m taller than your Dad, Gracie. I don’t care
what he says.
At the next exit, take highway 3 to
Can you turn off that machine please, Nanna
No worries love. I’m getting better at this
Does your frizzy hair really make you bigger
than my Dad?
Not really. I dunno.
CHCHCH … southbound on Stirling shit’s
happening up ahead.
Nanna Sarah, here’s my NAPLAN test. Can I open
No! No wait. Wait. I’ll ring your mum first and
But I’m such a good writer. This says my
handwriting is bad.
CHCHCH … it’s shit out there ay. There’s
fucking dickheads about everywhere today.
I’ve seen your handwriting. It’s really bloody
You just swore Nanna Sarah.
Look, don’t pay any attention to this test.
It’s rubbish Gracie. It’s not real. It’s not real!
But it says, look here …
Hey. What are you going to call in today?
Hello everyone, this is Grace reporting on
channel 40. I wrote a story about a mermaid called The Pearl Princess and it’s
about to be turned into a movie, you can see it tonight on channel nine. Grace reporting,
over and out.
CHCHCH … that sounds like a good story Grace.
CHCHCH … we need to hear more like this, guys.
CHCHCH … yeah, we need more of this.
CHCHCH … just a reminder everyone, there’s kids
like her listening in, please tone down the language.
CHCHCH … Copy that.
CHCHCH … Copy
Gracie, I’m leaving, I’m going back down south
tomorrow. So this is your last call. What do you want to say today?
Proceed to the roundabout and take the 2nd
Hello, this is Grace reporting on channel 40.
This is my last call to you all. If you hear me, please say hello and goodbye. Grace
on channel 40, over and out.
That was pretty cool, Gracie. Really great.
Grace! Heeelllooo! Goodbye!
Hi Grace and goodbye
Hello and Goodbye!
Hi Grace, see you on the road mate.
Hi Grace Bye
I’m waiting for the movie.
I think you are awesome Grace.
Thanks for being there for me, mate.
Keep on trucking, kid.