Frances “Francie” Miller, born October 15, 1937, was a child who lived in New Jersey, Florida and Panama during WWII. She discusses a story about eating a banana split with her father at the end of the war, which she called “a huge indulgence” as a result of food rationing. She also tells a story about her brother’s birthday cake, which she called “a rare occurance” due to the sugar rationing in effect at the time.

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Celebrating the End of the War

Then, after the end of the war, my father celebrated with me with a banana split. I had never even heard of a banana split, but here was this huge bowl of ice cream, my gosh, with all, you know, this stuff on it. I tried hard, I managed to eat about a quarter of it, and he helped, of course. But, you know, it was sort of a huge indulgence.

 

Brother’s Birthday Cake

I can remember my mother making a cake for my brother for his birthday. It was a rare occasion, you know. There just wasn’t a lot of that kind of thing extra; sugar was rationed, so you didn’t waste it. And my brother had a little wooden tricycle thing – he was 3 or 4, maybe 2 or 3. And he rode around and around the table with his finger scooping the icing off and licking it. And nobody noticed what he was doing! He completely denuded the sides of the cake before anybody else had a chance – we were all, you know, drooling over the thought of a cake. There was harsh words spoken by us, [but] I think my mother was rather amused.