Speedy Davis said he isn’t sure how old his mother is, but he knows one thing for sure about her: She makes a Thanksgiving meal worth devouring.
“My mom cooked,” Davis said, baring a grin. “And I pigged out.”
“My mama always told me, ‘Never ask a woman her weight and age,’” Davis said on the corner of Broad Street and Susquehanna Avenue. “So I never asked her.”
But every Thanksgiving since he was a boy, Davis’ mother’s house in North Philadelphia has always been where his family gathers to eat some of Davis’ favorite dishes, such as macaroni, collard greens and candied yams, which are sweet potatoes. And instead of pies for dessert, Davis’ family washes down their meal with chocolate cake.
“The only tradition we have is to sit down and eat,” Davis said of the holiday season. While his mother, sisters, nieces and nephews surrounded Davis at Thanksgiving meal last Thursday, he was only focused on one thing.
“[My family] talks, but I don’t pay that any mind,” Davis said. “I’ll be munching. I don’t have time for that.”
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