It’s the story that caught the attention of an entire nation, Russia. Two kids switched at birth were raised until the age of 12 in the wrong families. And it was only discovered after one father refused to support the child he’d raised because she didn’t look like him. Turns out she was neither his nor his wife’s, but belonged to another couple who was raising their child. That’s tough. A Russian court awarded $100,000 each in compensation to each family and they are discussing using the cash to buy homes next door to each other so they can see the children they both know grow up.
The sister of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who passed away earlier this month was with him when he died and said his final words were uttered as he stared at his wife and children. Mona Simpson didn’t know her brother for the first 25-years of her life (they were raised separately between parents). She said: “Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.” She went on to say: “Steve worked at what he loved. He worked really hard. Every day. That’s incredibly simple, but true. He was the opposite of absent-minded. He was never embarrassed about working hard, even if the results were failures. If someone as smart as Steve wasn’t ashamed to admit trying, maybe I didn’t have to be.” She then added poignantly: “We all — in the end — die in medias res. In the middle of a story. Of many stories.” The whole thing is worth a read. More than worth it.
As Qantas flights began flying later yesterday afternoon, a backlog of thousands of passengers around the world needed to be cleared and the flow-on effect may last for a few days yet. It comes as Qantas management and the three unions involved in the dispute over conditions and keeping jobs in Australia entered a period of 21-days of negotiation, ordered by Fair Work Australia. “I have made it very clear to them that my expectation now that industrial action has ceased is that they will get around a table and get this sorted,” Ms Gillard said.