By: Katherine Doble-Cannata
As kids, my brother, sister and I dreaded the beginning of Thanksgiving dinner, all because of the small glass of thick, red vegetable juice expectantly perched at each of our place settings. Each year we were cruelly expected to drink it all (by Mami) before diving into the mashed potatoes and stuffing, whining and complaining through each sip
That is, until I reached Kindergarten. That year I remember being shocked when I learned that V8 wasn’t part of a “normal” Thanksgiving menu. How could the Pilgrims not have had cans of vegetable juice? When I eagerly questioned the tradition, I discovered that no one knew when or how it came to be in our family: it just was. And so the pre-Thanksgiving meal mandate continued until my usually non-rebellious sister put her foot down at age 8, at which point it became optional and eventually dropped off the menu completely.
Now, years later…I miss it. Call it nostalgia—a desire to return to my youth or homage to the older generation that has now passed—but this year vegetable juice is back on the menu. Of course my kids are going to put up a fight. I can already hear my Tween daughter complaining. But one day she just might miss that glass of V8 and recall with fondness those memories of collective whining with her siblings. And so, for better or for worse, the vegetable juice tradition returns to our family.
When it comes to testy tweens- should we push our past traditions like this or should we allow them to create new ones? Share your ideas!
Cristy is the founder and publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, as well as the co-CEO & partner of DiMe Media, based in Miami. Born to Cuban parents, she’s a ‘Jersey Girl’ who is the proud mom of twin teens and wife to her college sweetheart, a “gringo” with a Latino soul! Cristy is also a teen cancer survivor, lover of travel, tech, good food, all-things beauty related, family cooking and social sharing.