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The Russell Stover Box Tia rings a silver bell and Adela comes out and clears all the plates and brings dessert which always includes the Russell Stover box with the painted-on bow When the box gets around you have to figure out by eyesight alone which one you think will have the nut inside or caramel or coconut hoping that you wont be surprised when you bite in by some squishy center you want to spit out The Russell Stover box has gone all the way around to Tia who takes out one of the little papery molds and sighs when the kids argue about who will get it Tio Vic comes out grinning and ruffles Mundins hair puts his hand on Tias shoulder and asks the whole table So who wants to go to New York Who wants to see the Empire State Building Tentatively Carla and then Sandi and then Lucinda raise their hands Like a chain reaction hand after hand goes up some still holding Russell Stover chocolates Me me I want to go I want to go When all are quiet waiting for him to pick the winners he looks down at Tia Carmen beside him and says How about it Carmen Wanna go And the kids all chant Yes Tia yes Carla too until she notes that her aunts hands are shaking as she fits the lid on the empty Russell Stover box The Russell Stover box is an analogy of what the United States has in store for the Garcia de la Torre family In the beginning the members of the family went to the United States on odd trips such as shopping expeditions When they returned they always came back with a full box of the Russell Stover chocolates To the family that little box represented all that the United States held in store for them It represented freedom of choice independence streets
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