Cullman Senior Magazine Summer 2019 - Page 44

By Kelly Wheeler Family Traditions Southern Sunday Luncheons with the Family In days gone by, large Sunday suppers with relatives were wide- spread traditions. Grandma in her apron, checking on the food; the kids playing with cousins in the yard; and uncles gathered around visiting until the savory feast was on the table. While times have changed, there’s still value in family gath- erings and local families who still participate in this tradition. The Speegle family Beth Speegle of Good Hope says her family still eats a home cooked meal every Sunday after church. “One week we are at my par- ents and then the next week my husband, Tony’s,” she said. “We 44 | SUMMER 2019 cook each meal. The kids play outside and we enjoy spending time together. I believe the kids benefit from these meals because of the love shown and the bonds that we are able to forge with our relatives.” She recalled her childhood and how her mom always had supper prepared when her dad returned home from work. “We always ate at the table, together,” she said. “Our family meals began as us older girls start- ed our families and we continued to meet every other Sunday. That’s the rule. You don’t break G-mom- ma’s rule,” she said. “Sunday afternoon is Shoemaker family time. Mom and dad al- ways provide the meal, but as our family has been blessed by God in growing in numbers, we all come together in providing the side dishes.” Speegle shared her parents have always been big on family and instilled in each one of them that God comes fi st and then family. “We are far from perfect, but we do take care of each other, we laugh together, we cry together, we take vacations together, family boat rides, zoo trips, day trips, and we are always working together to plan a family outing for the entire family.” Speegle said there are so many memories from family meals and outings that she can’t even begin to put them into words. “As I get older, I understand what mom and dad instilled in us about being together, taking lots of pictures, and just enjoying every meal together we can, every chance we get,” she said. “Th s world is not full of family love and bonding. I believe we need fami- lies to spend more time together. “Family time, to me, is a com- fort place you can be yourself, a place of refuge, going back to a place where you grew up, sitting on that back porch, swimming, watching kids play like we use too. It’s really just a time of refl ction and remembering the loved ones CULLMAN COUNTY SENIOR MAGAZINE