Lake Macquarie History

Josie's story. Caves Beach Public School shared stories project 2022

photo: caves beach

The buzz of Christmas was ringing in my ears. As I tore the pristine paper that wrapped my gift, my mum scampered around as a camera flash – it obscures my vision as I squint down at the freezing jewel necklace that rested in my palms. A comforting shiver races down my spine as a friendly gust of wind plays the Christmas trees balls and ruffles the shiny bits of tinsel everywhere.
I smile and gratefully thank mum for the lovely gift with a warm hug. In return, she strings a pearly white necklace around my neck. Then I wait patiently, anticipating my cousins’ arrival and the feast that was promised by my amazing aunties. I could almost smell the sweet smell of chocolate pudding already.

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