This morning I woke up feeling very nostalgic as I thought about my grandma "Minnie". I think about her often but, especially around the holidays because all holidays included food. Not just any food, but a wonderful spread of soul food created by granny!
Even though, I live in California now, I grew up in Milwaukee Wisconsin raised in a large family with southern values that extended from Mississippi and Louisiana. The tribe created by my maternal grandparents (Minnie & Dan) has nine children (5 daughters and 4 sons). We were not particularly wealthy but, the strength of our family support and richness of our love was and still shines brightly.
As a child, I would go over to my grandparents house every Saturday morning to visit and assist with a variety of tasks. When it came to preparing for the thanksgiving event. My activities included washing greens, grating cheese, wiping chairs and/or searching for table linens. Grandma and I would prepare food for our family gathering but, also make meals that we would then deliver to families and older adults in the neighborhood. As we'd get to the houses, I would run up to the door to deliver the food and holiday sentiment from our family as grandma would smile and wave from the car. "Trish", she'd say, "always take time to care about other people, it don't take long to show somebody you care".
Both grandparents have now passed but, I am grateful and thankful to have been taught the lessons of cherishing family and taking time to serve and love others.
How ever you spend your holiday, take a moment to be Thankful and encourage someone that can use a helping hand.