toni’s throwback memory
My earliest childhood memory is of a birthday cake. More specifically, the plastic Ferris wheel that adorned my cake. I remembered the party was in the high-rise apartment in Illinois that belonged to my extravagant grandmother. And my Aunt Moe and Uncle Ray were there. I remember those things. It was April 1973 and it was my 3rd birthday.
For a long time, I thought I had made up that Ferris wheel because a memory of my 3rd birthday party just seemed impossible with no photos of the event. Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2015. I was at my parents’ house and came across a slew of photo albums that my grandmother had put together before she passed away many years ago. These albums were tucked away in a closet of the guest bedroom. I brought them into the living room so we could all look through them.
Imagine my surprise when I came across one photo of my 3rd birthday party…and it was of that cake! Complete with the Ferris wheel. I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was such a thrill to see. My childhood wasn’t filled with the most pleasant of things. And for a long time, I struggled to come up with “happy memories” from my younger days. But this picture was of a happy time and I was so excited that the memory of that cake was legit!