I had a spontaneous catch up with an old friend the other day and as these random connections can sometimes be, it was simply spiffy! We went down to the harbour’s edge to Bird and Bear, a cafe and coconut outlet on Elizabeth Bay wharf, where we each ordered a freshly shucked coconut (amazing to think that they used coconut water for intravenous hydration during the Vietnam War – gotta love those electrolytes!)
It was perfect; the weather, the beverages and we practically had the whole place to ourselves. Then a skywriter started writing above us. The word was ‘Hope’ – not once but twice. I couldn’t help wonder who had commissioned it and why but it was a lovely addition to the day. As Harvey Milk once said; “You’ve gotta give ’em hope”.