Cullman Senior Magazine Summer 2019 - Page 45

that had passed away, while cele- brating today.” Of course, she said some of her favorite family foods to have at the meals are homemade chicken pot pie, pot roast, banana pudding, strawberry shortcake, and grand- daddy’s chicken and dumplings. Cullman resident Peggy East- erwood Boyd remembers all her Sunday afternoon meals with her family in the Holly Pond area. Even though Sunday luncheons aren’t as regular as they were growing up, Boyd said the mem- ories have a special impact on her heart and mind. “We ate with my great grandma – they lived in what we called the country (Holly Pond). My great- grands were Aron and Sarah Ann Shedd. The grown-ups ate fi st while the kids played outside and we ate last what was left” she said. “There was always her vegeta- ble soup, we always had plenty to eat. I had never had a chicken breast until later in life – usually just a good old leg. I fi ally mas- tered her soup. My grandmother Minnie Shedd Mann would taste it and say nope not right yet. She died a year ago at the age of 99 and the last year before she died, she fi ally told me I had mastered it.” In today’s fast-paced, often disconnected society, perhaps it’s more crucial than ever to model family togetherness for children and grandchildren. “If you are fortunate enough to have extended family living nearby, I believe that you should resurrect the often-overlooked tradition of a family meal,” Spee- gle said. “It really is a wonderful way to spend valuable time with your family.” Here is one of many photos during Sunday luncheons that captured the love the Speegle family shares on a weekly basis. “I believe that the kids benefit from these meals because of the love shown and the bonds that we are able to forge with our relatives.” BETH SPEEGLE These are various pictures of the Speegle family after Sunday luncheons. CULLMAN COUNTY SENIOR MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019 | 45