Dad slowly backed the 1978 Delta 88 out of the garage and then put the key in the trunk. The trunk popped open and two large hinges held it high. I could have put all of my belongings into the vast space. The car sparkled in the sunlight because it was only used on Sundays - truly “the Sunday car.” It had four huge, heavy doors and an electric locking system. It scared us kids when we first heard it. My mother was amazed at how roomy and clean it was inside - plush, beige velveteen bench seats. We knew we were moving up in the world as we cruised through the Cleveland streets.
Toni Chanakas is a Cleveland native who first connected with the Who We Are, Where We Live program in Collinwood in 2015. Since then, she has been busy making posters, lugging books around and staffing Who We Are events. She wrote this memory piece at an East End Neighborhood House workshop.
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Who We Are, Where We Live is a free community writing program giving voice to people who live and work in the Buckeye/Shaker community. Participants write stories, learn about their neighborhood, and share with their neighbors. Annually, selected writings are published here in an online anthology and presented at a final reading and celebration.