50 Faces: 50 Lives One in A Million: Max Primmer
26 March 2021 | 50 Faces 50 Lives
This week I met a remarkable man. Let me set the scene. It’s my first interview in over a year for my Ageing Well book. For the past year a Covid world made meeting people a risky business. So today I’m as excited as a kid at Christmas as I source pastries for our morning tea and head off into unexplored bushland, forest and winding roads to meet Max Primmer. I’ve known OF Max over the years in this small community. His name and photos pop up all over the place, but this is our first chat.
A warm smile greets me as I step out into acres of sweet – smelling bushland and his lovely home. It’s raining lightly and the parched soil releases that deep earthy smell I love so much in early autumn. Max tells of the family of kangaroos who visit the land surrounding the house. The whole area is a conservation zone and wildlife abound.
Over a cuppa we start to share connections and weave the soft threads of conversation that establish how this will flow. It’s so easy. Max is a well – practised and natural storyteller and I nestle in the comfy chair as the words tumble out and I’m enthralled. This is SO lovely. It’s a gift to be able to spend time in someone else’s world. So who is Max Primmer and why is his story so important for understanding how older people can age well?