Paula is one of us True GRITS (for those of you above the Mason-Dixon line that’s “Girls Raised In The South), and it has a meaning that is just as tough as true grit! True GRITS are raised to understand that life is tough, but it is what you make it. You can choose to wallow around in your situation, or you can choose to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” and get to gettin’!
While Paula Deen is now the perky bundle of grandmotherly giggles that she is now, during the years right after her divorce, life, tragedy and hardships took their toll on her. Her outlook wasn’t quite as bright as it is now- in fact, it was quite a bit more dim. She battled agoraphobia, and eventually, she and her boys were nearly homeless.
Back to those bootstraps.
Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside and started “The Bag Lady,” a home-based meal delivery service that marked the start of Paula’s professional cooking. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering “lunch-and-love-in-a-bag,” beginning in June 1989, Paula turned around her life by using what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.
Paula is a true American success story. She
has overcome “poverty, doubt and agoraphobia to achieve success and acclaim she could never have imagined.”
Paula’s success has not changed who she is. She is still the “genuine” person she always was, “full of love” and just as real as she was before she become the American icon she is today.
Sadly, there are some who do not admire her True GRIT tenacity.
In a recent TV Guide interview, fellow chef Anthony Bourdain criticized Paula, saying Deen
“revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is ******* bad for you … plus, her food sucks.” He also called her the “worst, most dangerous person in America.”
So much for professional courtesy!
In True GRIT fashion, when interviewed on FOX News, Paula responded by saying she was “shocked”, wondering if it’s a “publicity thing” or
maybe ”“somebody had just peed in his bowl of cereal that morning.”
Gotta love that True GRITS attitude!
Truth be known, that True GRITS attitude is what is missing in society today! So much of our society has come to depend on the government when they fall on hard times, rather than the God-given strength that we are all given.
I’m not sure how Mr. Bourdain comes to the conclusion that Paula is the “most danger person in America”, but one could very well call into question his mental capacity if he truly sees things that way. With our society in the shambles it is currently in, a lady who has not depended on the government to get her out of hard times, but rather has made something of herself in spite of her circumstances, most certainly should be admired and used as an example rather than condemned.
On second thought- Paula Deen may very well be the most dangerous person in America- for the government! If she is the example to follow, big government will fail!