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[April/May 1987] This Post is Not Sponsored by McDonald’s


Dear Diary

today I went to McDonald’s. Afterwards I went to the park and played a game with my mother. I wanted to play a game with either my mom or dad but none of them wanted to play and one will might play with me. 



Dear Diary,

I went to McDonald’s for lunch and after that I went to see the Chippmunck Adveuncher and Mommy took me to all those places. 

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Art by DoA

I know the cool thing these days is to shun all processed foods and go organic, macrobiotic, and other things that end in ick– er, I mean ic. And I do eat my share of salads, brown rice, fruit, and things that are grilled or steamed. But about once a year, I get a craving for McDonald’s fries, and I have to succumb to it. 

I won’t deny the negative effect this fast food institution has had on global eating habits and weight problems. But in the context of my childhood, McDonald’s was a place of yumminess and delight. 
In December of 1987, I celebrated my tenth birthday with a party at a McDonald’s in Bensonhurst that had an indoor playground. I wore a black velvet pantsuit with silver and purple sparkles and rode the small merry-go-round with wild abandon. Every photo from that party shows me drunk with glee, flinging my arms around my friends.  Of all my childhood birthdays, it’s the one I remember with the most fondness and lucidity. Having that party at McDonald’s was part of what made it special. 
Within a year I would go on my first diet and my relationship with food would grow more complex. But that day, I wasn’t paying attention to calories or fat grams. A french fry was just a french fry. And I enjoyed every last one.  
  1. Ann
    August 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I had a birthday at McDonald’s too! I was young enough that I don’t actually remember it, and only know it from the photos, but who’d believe my parents would allow such a think?!

    On the plus side, McDonald’s (responding to consumer demand) refusal to use GMO potatoes in those french fries basically killed the market for ’em. (McD’s is the biggest buyer of russet burbank taters in the world.)

    • damiella
      August 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm

      You know, when I hear about celebrities having bday parties for their kids with crap like tofu dogs with no buns (I won’t name names), it makes me sad. I mean, raising your kid solely on junk is terrible, but depriving them of junk entirely seems too extreme in the other direction. I think it was cool of your folks to let you indulge like that.

  2. August 24, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    ALL I ever wanted was a McDonald’s Birthday Party. I had rockin parties mind you, that I still have friends talk about….but all I ever wanted was a McDonald’s party like everyone else! I’m so jealous of you right now!!

    • damiella
      August 24, 2009 at 2:39 pm

      Tell you what, when they invent a time machine, we will find a way for our little girl selves to become BFFs so I can invite you to my 10th birthday party. 😉

  3. Ron
    August 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Whenever I read these entries, I imagine you as a little girl doing these things… with bright pink hair. It’s hilarious.

    • damiella
      August 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm

      Hahahahahahahaha! Now you have me picturing the same thing, except that on top of having pink hair I am also a cartoon.

  4. August 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I know I’ve BEEN to McD’s parties, but I can’t remember if any of ’em were mine. I have a feeling I DID have one though, as there was a McD’s w/a playground practically around the corner.

    My two favourite birthday parties 1) the time my uncle hired a PONY to bring to my apartment in QUEENS which we brought to the nearby park and all the kids got to ride it and 2) the one at Plasterama Plus where all my friends and I got to paint a little plaster whatever-they-wanted. FUN! (I was VERY into painting ceramics back then…)

    Anyway, I’m curious about what THIS means… “I wanted to play a game with either my mom or dad but none of them wanted to play and one will might play with me.” Especially since you had just written that you DID play a game with your mom… 😛

    • damiella
      August 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm

      Both of those bday parties sound immensely fun (hello, PONY? Did you grow up in a TV show or something?).

      I remember Chuckee Cheese was a big deal for birthday parties back then, too, but I don’t think I ever went to one there…

      As for playing a game, I was referring to later in the day, when I had a hankering to play something (most likely Monopoly). The playground game had long-since been forgotten when I couldn’t find a Monopoly opponent (but I was quite the property tyrant, so I can’t really blame them for not playing).

  5. August 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I just chastised my sister for having my niece’s birthday party at my brother in law’s country club instead of a Chuck E. Cheese’s or an amusement park. Who would want to have a birthday party at a stuffy place like that, especially a two year old girl? But then, I’m the uncle that showed her Die Hard.

    • damiella
      August 26, 2009 at 11:05 pm

      In other words, you’re the Cool Uncle. 🙂

  6. September 1, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I turned 10 in December 1987 too! December 12th, to be specific. I never had a birthday party at McDonald’s, but my seventh birthday party was at Burger King.

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