The Turkey Won't Baste Itself: Vol II: Fresh Harvest

The Turkey Won't Baste Itself

Vol II: Fresh Harvest

Release Date: 11.18.2023

Created By: M.P. SHORTS

    In the heart of the vibrant town of Edison New Jersey, the Garcia family was gearing up for their annual Thanksgiving celebration. The aroma of roasting turkey and simmering spices filled the air as Abuela Alba, the matriarch of the family, bustled around the kitchen. The warm, earthy tones of fall decorations adorned the cozy home, creating a festive atmosphere.

    The Garcia family was a close-knit, extended Latino family that took great pride in their traditions. Abuela Alba, with her salt-and-pepper hair and a twinkle in her eye, was the glue that held everyone together. Her three children, Maria, Carlos, and Sofia, along with their spouses and children, eagerly awaited the day's festivities.

     As the morning sun bathed the city in a golden glow, the Garcia house buzzed with activity. The sounds of laughter and Spanish chatter echoed through the halls as family members helped set the table, chopped vegetables, and prepared traditional dishes. Tía Maria, with her infectious laughter and apron adorned with autumn leaves, led the charge in the kitchen.

    Meanwhile, the younger generation, including Carlos Jr., Sofia's twins, and their cousins, ran around thebackyard playing, their giggles blending with the distant sounds of salsa music playing from a nearby radio. The air was filled with the anticipation of a day filled with joy, love, and gratitude.

    As the sun began to set, the family gathered around the beautifully set table, adorned with candles and the rich colors of fall. Abuela Alba stood at the head, a proud smile on her face, ready to lead the family in a heartfelt prayer. Each family member took turns expressing their gratitude for the blessings of the past year, sharing stories and memories that brought tears and laughter.

    The feast began, and the table overflowed with a delicious blend of traditional Thanksgiving dishes and Latino specialties. Arroz, Hallacas, and empanadas shared space with turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. The fusion of flavors mirrored the diversity of the Garcia family, each dish telling a story of heritage and love.

    Between bites and laughter, the family engaged in lively conversations, sharing updates on their lives, dreams, and aspirations. The warmth of familial bonds was palpable, creating an atmosphere where everyone felt accepted and cherished.

    As the evening drew to a close, the Garcia family, with hearts full of gratitude, gathered around the living room. Abuela Alba, with a twinkle in her eye, shared stories of her own childhood Thanksgiving and the importance of preserving their cultural heritage.

    With the scent of pumpkin pie lingering in the air, the family embraced each other, thankful not only for the delicious food but for the enduring love that bound them together. As they stood together, hand in hand, the Garcia family knew that this Thanksgiving had become another chapter in the rich tapestry of their shared history—a tapestry woven with love, tradition, and the unbreakable bonds of family.



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