Tastes of Thanksgiving

March 23, 2011
By kharizmatikk GOLD, Livingston, New Jersey
kharizmatikk GOLD, Livingston, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Today you are you
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
Who is youer than you.

Dr. Seuss

My mom has always been one
to make cake from mixes,
tea from bags.
But I would never have suspected her
of cheating out of making
our Thanksgiving dinner.

At the supermarket,
as we crammed our cart with
mashed potatoes and apple cider
I saw her sneaking looks
at prepackaged turkey meat.
Not whole turkeys-
slices coated in gooey seasoning.
that will not end up on our Thanksgiving table,”
I said.
But two days later,
I found a package of rotisserie turkey breast
that “tastes of Thanksgiving!”
sitting in our freezer.

“Tastes like Thanksgiving!”
Like when they claim to sell fresh potato chips
or give food fancy-pantish names like
tiger butter fudge when really
it’s just fudge with swirly orange
stuff on top.
When teensy takeout restaurants are
given oversize names,
like Jade Palace-
making elephant clothes for a firefly.
Who ever heard of a palace smaller than a walk-in closet?

And sometimes
the same thing happens with people.
Sometimes our parents give us
names that you must grow into,
you know-like
Edwin Igor Williamsburg the Second-
and some people never do.
My name
is too fancy-pantish, I think
for a thirteen-year-old girl
with a room full of notebooks and teddy bears
a house full of beige-painted rooms.

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