Lana Vaughan

The Queen of Questions

You Can Take It With You

divinity-candy-sl-258139-lI called her because I had a strong memory of homemade divinity fudge from the years we would spend Christmas with her as a child. Not every year but every couple of years I would pull out an old cook book or download a recipe and try my hand at making my own batch of divinity.  Never with any measure of success.

A few years ago I called her up and after spending 10 minutes explaining and convincing her who I am I told her I was calling to find out the secret of her divinity.

Her response was “You never did have any patience!” and then she hung up on me.

I still do not know the recipe or the technique my grandmother used to make those little puffs of white sugar that reminded me of her. She died without ever telling me.

So when someone says “you can’t take it with you” they are wrong. Too many things are lost because we don’t take the time to teach them to the next generation or tell the stories until the audience can recite them word for word. The photos we know so well but don’t label become meaningless and fade if the names and place and story aren’t passed on.

If it matters, make sure you don’t take it with you. Make sure you leave a part of yourself with someone who will miss you.

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2 Replies

  1. What a great post. You are so right. Stories that were never written down – lost. Faces on photos – lost. Thanks. I’ll share this if that is okay with you.

    1. That would be wonderful, Irene! Thanks for sharing it.

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