The dam is at the bottom of the street where I lived as a teenager. This Christmas, I went for a walk and ended up here, ambushed by nostalgia and belonging. I escaped from this daggy Adelaide suburb as soon as I could. I stood at the dam, now landscaped, with a fountain and a boardwalk for birdwatching. Back then it was a pool of muddy water where the boy I liked would sit in a tree and fish for carp. I was reminded of the simple consolations that this suburb and the water and trees nearby will always be a part of me.
Jo Case is a writer, editor and festival manager who lives in Footscray and grew up in Adelaide.