Wednesday, February 06, 2008

lessons


thank you all so much for your prayers and well-wishes. i am home for a couple of days, but will be going back to spend some more time with my grandma. we now know that my grandma will not have any treatment for her leukemia. the doctors have said that she her body is not strong enough to handle chemotherapy. basically, we just have to take things one day at a time. the prognosis is a little blurry. the doctor said she could be with us two months or longer, but it is hard to know just how long. so, we are going to enjoy the time that we have left with her. i am so thankful that i am able to be with her during this time. she lives three hours away, so we will be back and forth visiting with her.
over the last week, i feel like my mind has been in overdrive, processing what all of this actually means. i have been trying to take in all the beauty around me. the photo above is part of my grandparent's farm...land that i have spent so much time enjoying since i was a little girl. all the storytelling over the past week has been priceless. i have learned things about my grandma from her childhood. things that have only helped to solidify what i already know about her...that she is a loving and caring woman and a woman full of faith. for as long as i can remember, every time i tell her, "i love you," her response has been, "i love you the most." this past week, i have gotten to hear her and lucy go back and forth with the same dialogue.
my grandma is an amazing cook and baker. she is widely known for her divinity candy. it is a tricky candy to make. you can't have too much humidity in the air (a feat that is nearly impossible here in georgia), you have to boil the sugar to just the right temperature, and the end mixture has to be just "so" before you can drop it onto wax paper. dropped too soon, and all you get is a big white mess. no one in our family has learned to make the candy, except my grandpa (with some help from grandma), but we all know the importance of learning this art. at lunch on monday, my grandpa commented on it being a perfect day for making divinity. i jumped right on that! so, my grandma sat up for a while to show me how to make it. i took notes, notes that were not all that easy to follow, since she doesn't actually measure all of her ingredients!

i received a special lesson in watching the sugar mixture boil. she carefully described how the bubbles have to be a particular size and height before you can pour it into the other ingredients. the photo above is "just right." during this lesson, my grandpa told me that i need to just get a candy thermometer. my grandma's response was, "brooks, i have made enough divinity to fill up this entire house, and i have never had a candy thermometer!" this is true. and there is a part of me that wants to learn it just the way she does it. i am sure that it will take me a while to master it (if i ever do). but, if i can i know she will be proud and just look at the yummy, fluffy goodness i will get to enjoy...

10 comments:

kristi said...

i tried to post a comment earlier but guess it didn't go through. actually i posted the first time and found myself at a loss of words so deleted what i had written.

the photo and story of the candy are beautiful. thanks for sharing this time with us, amy.

asti said...

Oh Amy, it sounds as if you are learning a lot from your wonderful grandma...the candy looks wonderful (although I don't know what divinity candy consists of ). Such a difficult time for you and your family but it sounds like you are coping with it in the best way. Lots of love and time together..
asti x

Beemoosie said...

I am glad you have time to make more memories with your grandma, and reflect on those from the past. You are obviously a beautiful reflection of a good lady.
XO
B

Amelia Plum said...

the candy looks scrumptious! It's so hard to know what to say, but you are fortunate in that you can be with your grandma during this time, she sounds like a wonderful woman, and that you can learn more in these precious months about the woman you've loved for so long.

myfairlady said...

Amy- I just love to come and visit your blog. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story about your grandmother. We can all take lessons from you about the relationships in our lives. Makes me wanna go visit mine this weekend!

Karin Hernandez said...

Moments like you are sharing with your grandmother are worth all the gold in the world. Enjoy every moment. I have had your divinity experience with my grandmother, too, only it was biscuits and no matter how often I do EXACTLY what she taught me they never come out the same! I think that's the way it's meant to be.

sew nancy said...

The candy looks amazing.
Your Grandma sounds like a very strong and lovely woman. I know this must be a difficult time for you and I wish you happy moments in the time that you have left with her and for the memories it will bring.

Marci said...

Hey Amy. I am so glad that you are getting to have sweet time with her- these are memories that you will cherish forever! How thankful we are for the heritage that our grandparents have set forth for us! I love stories. Maybe you could even get video of her telling some of your favorites. I know you are like me in that you don't want to forget what they sound like and want your kids to know & cherish them like you do! I pray that God will continue to give you sweet, sweet time together! I love you!

dorie said...

How wonderful that you got this lesson!

triplethreat said...

Amy, this is so, so fabulous that you are getting to share this time with your grandmother, and to really savor her memories, her recipes, and celebrate her life and all the little things you love about her. It's amazing how the food that people prepare for us can so become the image of the way that they love us - it's fantastic that you will have this candy to make for your kids as they grow up and each time, you'll be able to share a little piece of their great-grandmother with them. I know that I keep trying and trying to replicate my grandmother's country fried steak, as much to recapture the memories of her making it for us at Christmas as to taste it again. I'll spend my life trying to get it right, I'm sure - but what a gift it is to be able to walk in the footsteps of these women before us and share their love with our little ones. I am so glad you are getting so much time together with you grandmother - and I know you are savoring each moment!

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