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A story for our children about their conception and their family structure. I also hope to use it as an awareness raising tool.

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Comment by Sue Patterson on November 24, 2009 at 9:24
thank you - we will be showing our children your wonderful story tonight x
Comment by Minka Park on November 21, 2009 at 21:35
Beautiful story, I loved it!
Comment by Rainbow Family Tree on November 16, 2009 at 14:59
Where did we come from? - by Molly Galea

I tried to make this story on several levels. Firstly, it is simply a story for my children. I want their family story to be a taken-for-granted part of their identity - no secrets, no surprises, just who we are - something I could imagine them taking to kindergarten, to explain their family story to other kids. I like the fact that concepts like IVF, sperm donors and diverse families are part of my children's conceptual vocabulary now. Lucienne and Joseph, who are now two, love this story and request it several times a day, as well as getting me to recite the words when they are falling asleep at night!

I also wanted to make something I could send to Queensland members of parliament. At the moment (2009) Queensland politicians are debating whether to recognise non-biological parents. I hoped that something as simple as a child's story might be powerful enough to get them to see that we are a family, regardless of the legislation.

Making the story was a lot of fun. One thing I learnt was that even though, for political purposes, we like to present ourselves as 'just like any other families', it is really clear how deeply radical queer families are. It is no wonder conservative people get so concerned about us. We are reshaping society. Our children are learning about embracing difference and we adults are forming unconventional childrearing networks. Of course, they are only unconventional when viewed through Western eyes - other cultures have long traditions of care shared among many adults and older children.
Comment by kirsten uhrig on October 15, 2009 at 7:30
The toys work beautifully, great film.
Comment by Claire Boland on October 14, 2009 at 12:58
I love this.
Comment by Molly on October 13, 2009 at 8:34
I must confess, they are all just royalty free images off stock xchange. Being a leteralist, I was looking for photos of different sorts of families then the toys just came to me. I love the idea of the toys though - I'll be able to use that in future to represent all sorts of things.
Comment by Melina MIchelle Magdalena on October 13, 2009 at 7:34
Yeah Molly! That is beautiful.Did you put it on LPA too? Your images are great - very creative and fun. How did you make the final image with the hearts and the cubes? (technically curious)
Comment by Sharon Hatswell on October 12, 2009 at 16:34
Exquisitely simple and abundantly clear. I adore the variety of families you have shown.
‘Dear Mr. Parliament – pls watch this space’ :)
Comment by Rainbow Family Tree on October 12, 2009 at 9:44
Awesome Molly... I love it! I can't wait for this one to spread far and wide... it'll be really interesting to see what ripples it creates in the pond ; )

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