\”…they\’ve done studies on children who are required to sit down at the family table and those who are not. And the ones who are score higher academically; they\’re more well adjusted.\”
— Paula Deen
Sit down, be present, share. It\’s not just about community, about family… but also about being the best we can be. Sitting down at the table with your loved ones for a mealtime shares love, and, helps you reach your goals!
Paula Deen did just that… she made \’sitting down\’ at the table with loved ones a life calling. She does that fulltime, preparing lovely meals, and allowing us to enjoy and make them as well.
So take some time to sit with your family, friends, or loved ones.. be supported…be nourished.. and be your best self. Thank you to Paula Deen who lives it daily.
Sitting With My Family,
Paula Deen was born Paula Hiers in Albany, Georgia, the daughter of Corrie A. (née Paul) and Earl Wayne Hiers, Sr. Her parents died before she was 23, and an early marriage ended in divorce. In her 20s, Deen suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia. She then focused on cooking for her family as something she could do without leaving her house.
Her grandmother Irene Paul had taught her the hand-me-down art of Southern cooking; one of the only places she felt safe was at her own stove, making thousands of pots of chicken and dumplings. She later moved to Savannah, Georgia, with her sons. Paula had many different jobs and roles, learning what she loved to do. She tried hanging wallpaper, working as a bank teller, selling real estate and insurance. She then started a catering service, making sandwiches and meals, which her sons Jamie and Bobby delivered. She then found her calling.
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