“Fifty Tales from Ma’s Watering Hole”
“Behind the Back of Beyond, in the Land of the Never-Never; in that elusive land with an elusive name—a land of dangers and hardships and privations yet loved as few lands are loved—a land that bewitches her people with strange spells and mysteries, until they call sweet bitter, and bitter sweet. Called the Never-Never…they who have lived in it, and loved it, Never-Never voluntarily leave it. Sadly enough, there are too many who Never-Never do leave it.
Others… will tell you it is so called because they who succeed in getting out of it swear they will Never-Never return to it. But we who have lived in it, and loved it, and left it, know our hearts can Never-Never rest away from it.”
(We of the Never-Never: Aeneas Gunn, 1908)
The above offers the reader an explanation of the pull of the outback. Ma comes from the sands of these bewitching red earths and now lives in the city. She will never ever leave behind the outback. It will always influence the way she thinks and behaves.
What are you pulled towards?