That’s me in my mother’s arms—1952. I remember many shopping trips at the 'Food Fair' during my first nine years living out on James Street in Morristown, NJ. I grew up with six brothers, so my mom did a LOT of food shopping. As a young child I looked forward to being given a penny or a nickel to put in the gum ball machine on our way out of the store. I loved bubble gum!I remember one particular shopping trip when I was perhaps four or five—it was like a dream come true!
One of my brothers and I were bored so we walked ahead of my mom collecting little cardboard circle cutouts we found on the floor throughout the store that had come out of boxes being unloaded. Well it suddenly occurred to me that this little circle was the size of a coin. (I was not a naughty little girl-just curious and inventive) While my mom was checking out the groceries I walked out and slipped the cardboard circle into the gum ball machine and turned the crank—to my utter shock and delight….the ENTIRE gum ball machine emptied out onto the floor! Talk about a jackpot!
I’m sure my mom was embarrassed and I’m quite sure I did not get to take my ‘winnings’ home….but it sure was fun to imagine that I did!
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