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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

Eleven

Eleven

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“I was really close to my grandparents ‘cause I actually grew up, like, two doors down from them.

My mum used to work on this chicken farm, so she used to have to leave really early. So, my Nana used to come down the road every morning and get me ready for school.

She used to wake me up, make me a Milo milkshake and Nutella on toast and then we used to sit and watch Judge Judy. And then she’d dress me and Pop would park right out the front of my house. So, then she’d be, like, “Oh, Pop’s here.” And Pop would drive me to school and give me $2 every day. I loved that.

We did that for years.

I always knew it was a bit weird that I only had my mum and, like, my grandma. I didn’t really have my dad. But I was used to it. It didn’t really affect me that much. Like, I missed my dad but I still saw him and I guess I was never really used to seeing him every day.

My boyfriend has both of his parents. The first couple of times I was over there I was, like, “This is super weird. You’ve got both your parents.” And he was like, “That’s normal.”

I remember when my Nana got diagnosed with cancer, that was really hard ‘cause she was kind-of like my mum to me as well.

To this day, when I watch Judge Judy I feel like I should be having Nutella toast. I don’t even eat Nutella toast anymore but I still think I can taste it.”

Twelve

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Ten

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