This week’s prompt is: Birthday Blasts
1) What’s your earliest birthday memory? I remember my mum and dad getting me Tiny Tears, a doll that could cry, and you could feed. I remember feeding the doll and it wetting itself on my dad’s leg.
2) What was your favorite birthday and why? I haven’t got any favourite birthdays, as long as my family were there there have been many favourites.
3) What’s the best birthday present you have ever received? A pink typewriter, I have always wanted to write and it was the first time my parents saw the same.
4) Did you ever get money as a birthday gift? I always got money off aunties and uncles.
5) What did you like to do on your birthday as a kid? What do you like to do now? I always liked to have a birthday party, with lots of sandwiches, cheese and pineapple on sticks, cucumber, sausage rolls and lots of cake.
6) Did you have birthday parties with friends or family parties? We had family parties, my aunty Rene, and Aunty Molly used to prepare the food. My aunties used to make all our favourite food. Children weren’t allowed downstairs after a certain time because the adults sat down to play poker for pennies. When we were old enough then we were allowed to play.
7) Did you get to pick the food for your birthday? Did you prefer to eat a home cooked meal or to eat out at a restaurant on your birthday? It was normally a buffet, but I don’t remember too many of my own. Games we played were pin the tail on the donkey, pass the parcel and musical statues. They were games passed down the generations. We always got a big slice of cake at the end of the party and it is the one thing I look forward to even now.
8) Did your family have any fun birthday traditions? Did you continue those traditions with your own kids? We played the same party games when my children were small. I took my children bowling, or MacDonald’s.
9) Did you ever get to take the day off school on your birthday? As an adult did/do you take the day off? I work in a school, and before then Royal Mail. My birthday is always in term time, so I don’t get to take the day off (unless it is on the weekend).
10) Have you ever had a surprise birthday party? Was it a real surprise, or did you know it was coming? I had a surprise fortieth birthday, but it wasn’t really a surprise. We normally do something for special birthdays.
If you had a million dollars to spend only on your next birthday, what would you do? I would take my family wherever they wanted to go. I would pay for my whole family to spend the day together. We would have a big party, with lots of laughter.