How a THS Teenager Defies Expectations for Thanksgiving

How a THS Teenager Defies Expectations for Thanksgiving

Brandon Trujillo, Staff Writer

     Thanksgiving Day in my house is not like others. I’m a 16-year-old boy who does his best to try to do as much as he can for his family. I have two younger siblings as well, so Thanksgiving Day is a lot harder on me as a boy whose parents are both working.

     On Thanksgiving Day, I just try to do my best to keep a hold of myself even though my parents are working. The reason why is because on Thanksgiving, I have to make Thanksgiving dinner for my family; it’s the least I can do for my parents who work hard for me and my siblings. But this is not the only time that this has happened to me and my family. 

     My parents decided to make it a tradition where I get to make Thanksgiving dinner every other year. The reason behind this was when I was nine, my parents were working on Thanksgiving Day and they told me to prepare dinner that night. It was then that we made it a tradition where I cook one year, and they cook the next.

     When it is my year to cook, I make the normal Thanksgiving fixings, such as turkey and potatoes, but I add a little Mexican flare to the meal. I’m talking about bean soup and chorizo with beans! We’ll also have some ham as well, with some gravy and stuffing. We don’t usually eat potatoes a lot but when we do, they’re usually mashed. Then for drinks, my siblings and I will usually have soda, and my parents will have wine.  

     My parents try their best to be with me and support me during or after Thanksgiving dinner. But since they work most of the time, it’s kind of a struggle for me since I’m the older sibling and I am in charge of my two younger siblings. I am the one who has to make the most of the food we eat for Thanksgiving dinner, so I’m trying my best here and there to make it the best I can. But, at the same time, it’s how my life is. Not everyone can have their families with them on Thanksgiving Day and I’m happy that I can have my family there to eat dinner. Compared to other people who don’t have anything, or don’t have their family with them, I am grateful for my family on Thanksgiving.