The Nursery

by Paul Daley

I WAS (T)HERE in 1989.  

At sunrise the flood had reached the third London Plane tree just up towards the nursery from the old low-level bridge. 

This was the first bridge to be built in Kyogle back in  1907. 

Before this flood, I remember driving over it in our yellow  Mitsubishi van – the brown plastic buckles of the children’s seat holding me tight as our family of 6  bounced over the wooden xylophone of the old rickety low level bridge. 

I remember from that moment until recently when floods were exciting. 

After the water levels dropped – the bridge was gone forever.