Exercise #2 –Give me a memory of sound

Exercise # 2

When I turned 5 my second cousin Tony sent me a record in the mail.  It said, “Happy Birthday, Erin”, my first name.  It was a 45 and came in a square envelope with cartoon drawings of a space man riding on the back of a rocket ship carrying a birthday cake held high above his head with lit candles.  The record was thin, easily bent and cheap, but I loved it anyway.

When my mom put it on the turn table it started  up with weird space music and then a song, “My name is Zoom/ and I come from the moon/ I came down to earth just to sing you this tune/ Hey, Erin, it’s your birthday…today!”

It was my name in a song, a record for me, about me and about all the creatures this space man wanted to bring me as birthday presents.  He didn’t though, he wrote the song, that’s what he decided.  That was the present, not a Wild Womp or a Tickle Chu and it worked for me.

The record got put away in a Mason shoebox, the one my mom had kept for me through the years filled with cards, birthday candles, that record and a few art projects and report cards.  I never shined in school, but stuck away in that box, I shined with the stars.


About E. Victoria Flynn

E. Victoria Flynn is a mother and a writer living in Southern Wisconsin. Published in a variety of venues, Victoria is currently writing the first in a series of three fantasy novels based on Cornish folklore. When not taking part in a shrieking dance party or engrossed in her own little fictions, Victoria is keen on art, the natural world and people unafraid to explore their own brilliance.
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One Response to Exercise #2 –Give me a memory of sound

  1. Aaron N. says:

    Victoria, I remember that record! I’ve been trying to find any information on it I can. They didn’t have it for my name so I got the one that said “Big Guy.”

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