Regina Merritt - On food bringing people togetherInterviewed by Zaina Alsous and Travis Hinton on February 26, 2012
In this oral history, Regina Merritt discusses what her life was like growing up on a farm. From the beginning of the interview, it is clear that her grandmother was the centerpiece of her family. She cooked for not only her own family members, but also for anyone in the community who needed food. She worked so hard each and every day to make sure that everyone was taken care of, and her recipes live on through the younger generations of her family. Regina believes that food brings people together. Without food, there is not a true sense of love and togetherness in your relationships. Food allows families and communities to have necessary bonding experiences that bring everyone together. Regardless of how difficult life may sometimes seem, Regina believes that you should always follow her grandmother’s motto of thinking about others before worrying about your individual self.
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