Sharetta Smith

Sharetta Smith

City of Lima chief of staff

By Adrienne McGee Sterrett

Thanksgiving v. Christmas. Which one do you prefer and why?

I prefer Thanksgiving over Christmas, partly because fall is my favorite season, but mostly because Thanksgiving is a huge holiday for both maternal and paternal families. The day is normally filled with lots of love, laughter, and what my Southern roots would refer to as “good eating.” Also, everyone comes home for Thanksgiving, so it’s a good time to catch up with friends and family members that I haven’t seen in a while. Lastly, nothing beats Black Friday shopping with my mom and sister.

Are you known for making a certain dish? Or, if you don’t enjoy cooking, what is the dish that you most look forward to eating during get togethers?

As a little girl, I learned to cook by hanging out in the kitchen with my mother, grandmother and aunties chopping up onions, bell peppers and celery for the Thanksgiving Day chicken and dressing. That dressing is still the dish I most look forward to eating on Thanksgiving.

Favorite season? Why?

Fall. Bonfires, the color of autumn leaves. Warm throws. Hot tea. Perfect weather. What’s there not to like?

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Slow down and live in the moment. Own your greatness.

Rate your gift-wrapping abilities, with 1 being poor and 10 being excellent.


What do you love most about your community?

The people.

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