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    Posted July 26, 2014 by
    York, Pennsylvania
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    1960s? Cake, Ice Cream and Games For your Birthday!


    The Baby Boomers were still in grade school and Civil Rights and Hippiedom were just around the corner, but to the kids on our block, the 1960s were still about just having fun. Entire classrooms were invited to our house whenever it was someone's birthday. Our parents felt it was important to send home an invitation to each and every classmate, and toss in all our cousins and the neighbor kids, too. The very idea that someone should be left out was considered not just wrong, but hurtful, and to be avoided at all costs. My dad was a milkman, so of course, Foremost Ice Cream was a prominent topping on a large sheet cake from Daylight Market on La Cienega. Usually there was a ballerina or flowers or hearts as the theme. (It was always a surprise!) After cake and ice cream, the presents were opened, each and every guest thanked, and then the party games began. Bean Bag Toss, Musical Chairs,Egg Races, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, all the usual ones. Mom always bought heart-shaped plastic goody boxes for the "favors" to thank each guest as their parents picked them up at the end of the afternoon. It was my first glimse of entertaining, and how to be gracious and enjoy your guests. It was also a powerful lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings by picking and choosing only some favorites to be be invited. Everyone was welcome in our home. Re-connecting with some of those friends on Facebook revealed that so many remember those parties in our living room and back yard. I was humbled that my friends enjoyed the parties so much . If you're looking, mom and dad.....Thank you.

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