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Last week I celebrated by 30th birthday.
My 1st birthday was in a restaurant called “Choo Choo Junction.” I had to pester my mom for a good 20 minutes before she could even remember the name of the restaurant. She actually didn’t remember, she said “Choo Choo Train” and gave me the location. Good thing Google found it for me. Anyway, Choo Choo Junction was one of the hottest places to celebrate events in the 80s.
The restaurant literally looked like a train junction, the main dining area was an actual train cart. I remember seeing an old picture with me wearing a white lacey dress and there were pink and white balloons. My parents “filmed” my birthday, literally, with the old-type film on a reel? So yeah, that’s long gone. Even that old picture I remember is gone too, washed away in Ondoy, one of the major typhoons that ravaged Manila.
I found only 1 picture of it online (and not a very clear one at that). I wish Memfy was already around all those years ago, so my parents could’ve kept those valuable 1st birthday memories long enough for me to enjoy them.
Two years later, my parents split up. I didn’t celebrate any more birthdays after that for a long time.
Finally, on my 10th birthday, my mom let me have a few friends over to our house for cake, spaghetti, and ice cream — just a small celebration, more of a gettogether actually — but my favorite part was my cake. It was a big rectangular cake with an undersea theme complete with seaweeds, sea shells, corals, fish, and of course a beautiful blonde-haired mermaid doll!
I don’t remember anything else about that day; what I wore, who was there, if the cake tasted good or if we had fun, all I remember was my cake!
I know I kept that mermaid doll for as long as I could, but I guess it got lost sometime after, I just don’t remember how or when. Did she break and I had to throw her away? Did my mom compel me to give her up for charity? I wish I had Memfy to preserve the memory of my beautiful cake and keep track of my mermaid’s whereabouts.
Eleven years later, I had my first surprise celebration ever. My close friends organized a pool party and secretly made a scrapbook for me and filled it with pictures of me with them and also (which is the best part) heartwarming messages and well-wishes for my 21st birthday.
But of all the great birthdays I’ve had the past three decades, this — my 30th birthday — would have to be the best of all.
Because God has given me the best birthday gift of all — my precious daughter, Keilah, who turns 1 year old next month on the 19th.
It’s been an awesome 30 years.
Cheers to the next 30 years to come and more!
How about you, what’re your top 3 birthday memories?
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