Happy 90th birthday to Mickey Mouse!
Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This year, my Thanksgiving-themed snippets come from Chapter 19, “Happy Thanksgiving,” of the book formerly known as The Very First (which is set during 1938). The new and improved title will finally be revealed upon its release next year!
This week’s snippet comes some pages after last week’s. Sparky (real name Katherine) and her best friend Cinnimin have come home from school, and introduced Sparky’s mother to the concept of Thanksgiving. The girls begged her to make kosher Thanksgiving foods, so their families can celebrate together, each with their own foods on the table.
Mrs. Small isn’t entirely sold on the idea, since the money to pay for this food has to come from somewhere, and her family needs to save money for more important things. Regardless, she’s given the girls permission to go into her kitchen to check for holiday-appropriate food.
The girls went into the Smalls’ kitchen, and Sparky pointed out where everything was. They discovered carrots, potatoes, onions, flour, sugar, salt, mushrooms, walnuts, apples, dried fruits, non-dairy baking chocolate, green beans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and eggs, all of which could be used to prepare traditional Thanksgiving foods. Cinni set out the non-perishables on the counter the Smalls used for their parev foods, so they’d be reminded of what they needed to use. She also left a note about needing to use the eggs and mushrooms.
“Your mom won’t need to buy too much,” Cinni declared as she surveyed the gastronomic loot. “Only cornbread, pumpkin, bread for making breadcrumbs, celery to add to the stuffing, cranberries, yams, marshmallows, and turkey. You can make gravy outta the turkey drippings, and thicken it up with flour. My mom can lend you her recipes for stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and candied yams.”
“I can’t eat marshmallows,” Sparky objected. “They’re made with gelatin, and that comes from pig bones.”