For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in...
When you enter Drexell & Honeybee’s in downtown Brewton, Alabama, you’ll walk past booths and four-tops full of cornbread, fried chicken and collard greens. The one thing you won’t find is a checkout register. To owner Lisa Thomas-McMillan, food is about the joy of serving others. And that doesn’t come with a price tag.
In fact, there’s only one rule: ‘Everybody eats.’ From Tuesday through Friday,11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Drexell & Honeybee’s serves up hot plates to hungry oncomers from all walks of life, whether they can pay for it or not. There are no suggested prices, in fact no prices of any kind. When diners are done with their meal, they simply leave whatever they can - a handful of coins, a generous donation, a hand-written note, or a heart-felt ‘Thank You’. But when they leave, they do so with a full stomach, a full heart and the understanding that they are loved and worthy of love. You can find soul food all over Alabama. But you won’t find a meal that fills you up quite like this one. So what does Mrs. Lisa “get” out of all this? Joy.
The following are Mrs. Lisa’s words – taken from an article published by The Bitter Southerner by Jennifer Kornegay:“Make no mistake, joy is not the same thing as happiness. Happiness is fleeting; joy is something down in your soul. The more you do, the more you’re able to do, and the richer you become.”