My Thanksgiving Awakening: From Guava Tarts to Pumpkin Pie on St. John

Real Estate Agent with BPOS FOR LIFE LLC

Growing up on the idyllic island of St. John, my taste buds were well-acquainted with the tropical flavors of guava, guavaberry, coconut, and pineapple. The holiday season was a culinary carnival, especially when it came to tarts. My grandmother, my mother Theresa, and all her sisters were artisans of these delicious treats. The aroma of freshly baked tarts wafting through the air was the unofficial herald of the holidays.

But one Thanksgiving, my taste buds were in for a surprise. Our church family had organized a grand potluck, and I was salivating at the thought of devouring my favorite tarts. As I scanned the dessert table, my eyes landed on an unfamiliar dish. It looked like a tart, but something was off. My curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to investigate.

The mysterious dish had been brought by the Kents, an elderly missionary couple who spent their winters on St. John and attended our church. I took a cautious bite, bracing myself for disappointment. But to my astonishment, my palate erupted in a symphony of flavors I had never experienced before. It was delicious, but what was it?

I approached Mrs. Kent to solve the mystery. "Is this a new kind of tart?" I asked, still savoring the unfamiliar taste.

She chuckled, "No, silly boy, this is a pie, not a tart. It's made from pumpkins."

Pumpkins? I was flabbergasted. Back home, pumpkins were for soup not pies. But that day, I learned that the culinary world was much bigger than my island upbringing had led me to believe.

That Thanksgiving marked an awakening for me. It was the day I realized that traditions could be different yet equally delightful. And so, every year since, alongside our family's beloved tarts, a pumpkin pie graces our holiday table, a nod to the Kents and the day my taste buds went on an unexpected adventure.

So, the next time you find yourself at a potluck, don't shy away from the unfamiliar. You never know, it might just be the next delicious chapter in your culinary journey.

Comments (10)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Frank,
Pumpkin pie is a favorite at my house. I'd sure like to try a Guava Tart sometime, though.

Oct 19, 2023 07:57 AM
Frank Worrell
BPOS FOR LIFE LLC - Chesapeake, VA
Turning BPOs Into Six-Figure Incomes

Carol Williams Tarts are sooo good!!  

Oct 20, 2023 02:04 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Frank Worrell, your story of culinary awakening from guava tarts to pumpkin pie is a delightful read! 🥧 It beautifully illustrates how exposure to new experiences can broaden our horizons and enrich our traditions. Your narrative captures the essence of cultural exchange and the joy of discovering new tastes. It’s a wonderful analogy for embracing diversity and new experiences in all aspects of life. Thanks for sharing such an engaging and heartwarming story! 🌍 #CulturalExchange #NewExperiences 🎉

Nov 18, 2023 05:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh my, I can't imagine NOT being open to trying new things! I went on vacation once, and was served an avocado dessert pie. I never thought of using avocado in a dessert but it was delicious. Who knew?

Nov 18, 2023 05:25 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

What a heart warming story. An early Happy Thanksgiving to you and congrats on the feature.

Nov 18, 2023 05:53 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A potluck meal is like attending a buffet where there are all manner of things to taste that one might not normally try.


Nov 18, 2023 12:30 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this personal story.

I am always ready to find new food favorites!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 19, 2023 11:00 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Frank,

What a delightful post! I'm so glad that Carol Williams included it in her Saturday Series. I've been gone on vacation and missed it! I always believe exposure to new experiences can broaden our horizons and enrich our traditions! Never had a guava tart but sounds delicious!

Nov 19, 2023 05:32 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I've told myself this 100 times just step outside your comfort zone and see what delicious creation awaits you. I would say 9 out of 10 times I'm astounded by something really delicious and then there's the other experiment. Yuck comes to mind 😒

Nov 19, 2023 07:12 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

For me, Thanksgiving would be very different without pumpkin pie. I love it!

Nov 26, 2023 10:23 AM