I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that life is as easy as pie, and for good reason: It’s not. Life sure is sweet when things are going your way, but you need a lot of luck, hope and prayer for it to work out how you want. And even then, you may feel like you’re at the end of your rope.
Sometimes the only thing left to save us is the kindness of others.
I lost both of my parents when I was just a young lady, but my grandmothers, aunts and uncles held me close, watching me bumble through life and stepping in when I needed it most. And boy did I need it. When I opened The Lady & Sons downtown, we took a big risk. Few people believed in me. I invested every penny I had earned to try and open that restaurant, hoping to make a better life for my boys and me. During that year delays in plans and permits wore us out and had us wonderin’ if we’d ever make it. I can remember Bobby coming to me one day saying how hungry he was. I scrounged through a little change box to piece together enough for a meal. Imagine that, a child coming to his momma for food that she can’t hardly provide.
But I believed, with all my heart, that the restaurant—if we could ever get it open—would make all the difference in my life and in my boy’s lives. Believing only got me so far. The money ran dry and it started looking like I would lose what little I had.
That’s when my Aunt Peggy rescued us. She pledged her CD to the bank so that they’d loan me the money I needed. She helped our dreams come true and I will be forever grateful for her support, trust and belief in me. She will always be my hero and I love her more than she will ever know.
This past year has been a hard one for so many families. Small businesses are closing down and folks are losing their jobs left and right. Having seen the hungry look on my own child’s face, it tears me up knowing that families are without food.
I know how a kind gesture can change lives, so a couple of weeks ago I started paying it forward. Along with my partner Smithfield Foods and the United Food and Commercial Workers, I have committed to Feeding the Hungry. Together we will donate and deliver nearly 20 million servings of protein to hungry families across America over the next three years. It is something I can do to help. I hope y’all will look for something you too can do. Everyone has something to give and if we all pitch in, we can help see that no child goes to bed hungry in our country.
Is life easy as pie? No, it isn’t always, but it can be just as sweet. Remembering the love, trust and support given to me so many years ago when I was a struggling single mother and doing my part to pay that generosity forward…makes everyday a little sweeter.
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Join Paula, Bobby and Jamie for a book signing at the Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah from 2 to 4 pm. Only 350 tickets will be given out starting 1 hour before the book signing. No cameras permitted; a professional photographer will be on site to take your photo.
Join Paula and family for a Party at Sea to the Eastern Caribbean (San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten - roundtrip from Miami) aboard the Celebrity Reflection presented by Alice Travel. Click here for more information, and please note that the Paula Deen cruise is only available by booking directly with Alice Travel. We are running out of space, so book as soon as possible!
Paula Deen is coming to Buffalo, NY to perform a live cooking show and let VIP ticket holders enjoy a delicious Southern feast with a menu created by Paula herself! Both events will be held at Samuel’s Grand Manner in Williamsville, NY which offers a refined elegance in a classically modern setting. The VIP lunch will be held at 12:00pm on February 8th and will go until approximately 2:00pm (doors will open at 11:30am). The lunch will include a hearty helping of Southern style cuisine which is personally selected by Paula, a Southern Cooking Bible cookbook, a photo op with Paula where she will also be signing autographs, a gift package, and preferred seating at that evenings cooking show! The cooking show will begin at 3:00pm on February 8th and run about 60 minutes long (doors will open at 2:15pm). Paula will be cooking up some of her favorite meals live for you at Samuel’s Grand Manor! Seating is unreserved and is “first come, first served”.
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Join Paula and family for a Party at Sea aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas to Labadee, Jamaica, and Cozumel (roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale) presented by Alice Travel. We will be having special, separate events for kids on this one with Jack Deen hosting the kids program! Click here for more information, and please note that the Paula Deen cruise is only available by booking directly with Alice Travel Book now before the prices start going up on the cruise and air!