Report Card On January 1st American families eat a New Years meal. I help mom wrap dimes in tinfoil so she can mix them into the black-eyed peas. Dad sleeps through tackles on ESPN. Jillian washes greens. At four I put the roast in the oven. We eat on gold rim plates with polished forks. Last year mom bought scarlet napkins from T.J. Maxx 5:30 diner is served: Pork for Luck, Cornbread for Gold, Peas for Power, Greens for Privilege. Before eating your New Year Meal, It is important to say grace. Mothers might demand a preacher prayer on days like this. eat your peas first; count the coins in your lap. Then pork, and finally wash the greens down with cornbread. I hate turnip greens but on January 1st you eat your plate clean. After dinner, we wash dishes Dad goes back to Atlanta. Jillian tries to sleep off a headache. Mom gets dressed for work, and I recount my coins in the living room watching Scooby Doo.