If it weren’t for the beauty of Perth, we might not be here.
“That sounds like a… lie,” we hear you yell, but hear us out.
After a recent holiday to Perth, Western Australia, thanks to Hotels.com, our 90-year-old Pop, who is absurdly small and wears his pants just a little bit too high, told us a story.
You see, after a light plane trip from Rottnest Island to Perth, we sent our Pop a photo.
He’s a pilot, and there is precisely nothing that makes him more excited than planes.
It obviously took him 72 hours to receive the text message and somehow retrieve the photo, and another 48 hours to zoom in and see what we were actually doing, but once he did, he gave us a phone call.
More than 50 years ago, our Pop, with his signature moustache, was visiting Perth with his best friend.
He met a woman named Beryl whom he liked very much. But she was a little bit taller than him, and a little bit older than him, and he knew he’d have to work hard to win her over.
That’s when he whipped out a plane.
He flew her and her sister to Rottnest Island and back, over some of the most beautiful water on the planet, pointing out little pools that punctuate the island and a pink lake that’s so astonishingly clear from the sky.
And that’s when Beryl decided this little man, with his love of planes, might be something special.
Beryl is, of course, our grandmother.
Rottnest Island basically gave birth to us, and yeah, those are some pretty exceptional genes.
It’s no wonder we feel such an affiliation with our friends, the quokkas, who were waiting for us as we got off the ferry to Rottnest Island – where our unexpected journey to paradise began.
Quokkas are – for anyone who would like their day made – a very small, very cute, short-tailed wallaby, who are native to Western Australia AND THEY ARE ALWAYS SMILING BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO PREDATORS.