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 a number of pages after last week’s. It’s now two days before Thanksgiving, and Sparky (real name Katherine), her mother, her oldest brother Gary (born Friedrich), her best friend Cinnimin, and Cinnimin’s older brother M.J. are buying food for the Smalls’ half of the joint household’s feast.
In 1938, Atlantic City had a large Jewish community, with many kosher groceries, bakeries, and candy shops.
Cinni rang the bell when Mrs. Small pointed out the approaching kosher grocery. Though A&P had plenty of fruits and vegetables which were kosher by default, the Smalls typically bought their canned goods and bulk foods from kosher groceries. Not everything at A&P could be trusted.
Inside the store, Cinni excitedly pointed out everything Mrs. Small needed to buy. Since this wasn’t a fun food store like a bakery, Cinni didn’t linger over the culinary riches on display. Within thirty minutes, they’d brought their bounty up to the counter and been rung up for $1.70. The celery and cornbread were in the basket Gary carried, while Mrs. Small carried the baskets with yams and cranberries and Cinni held the pumpkin.
Their next stop was a candy store five blocks down. Cinni eagerly ran inside and made a beeline for the bins and barrels of bulk candies and other sweets. The richness of the choices overwhelmed her—chocolate-covered peanuts, rock candy, peppermints, salt water taffy, toffee, jellybeans, gumdrops, nougats, lollipops, nonpareils, peanut brittle, peppermint bark, fruit-flavored hard candies, chocolates of all kinds, fruit-flavored licorice, candybars, fudge, candied fruit slices, halvah, Jordan almonds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, flavored stick candies, and marshmallows.