A few nights ago, I sat watching Cake Wars. A man who had always had been an auto mechanic was competing against other cake artist for the grand prize money and have their cake be part of a celebrity event. Not only did this guy change his life’s ambition and mentor this to his children, he won the competition!! I almost feel off the couch when I did that whole fist pump thing in “YES!” that I’d been routing for him to win.
Which makes me believe even more that the legacy we pass on to our children is more than a trade or a job, but a way of life. It’s a way of putting people and passions first. While there is always a sense of duty to family and sense of doing what is right, it’s going above footsteps and creating new foot falls to lead another generation.
I don’t think we stop and ponder enough the legacy we are leaving in our own lives for the generations to come. Having been raised on a dairy farm, I’ve grown up with that instillation of tradition and legacy you get, which is not at all a bad thing.
When I look at my own family, I see my father passing on not only a trade or job to my brother, but a way of life. Just like my grandfather who raised horses, passing on the love for raising animals and farming to my dad.
I guess that’s why I can’t let go of being a farm girl. It’s part of my legacy. As they say, It’s in your blood. Yet there isn’t always enough room for everyone to follow the same path and not everyone has a legacy that runs as thick as others.
So, what do you do when what you’ve been raised all your life to succeed and it’s not what you desire? Or maybe it is but you weren’t the chosen one to inherit it?
I hadn’t thought of this before, but as I think of Kati’s story in THE FRUITCAKE BRIDE, she has pretty much taken the inheritance of her mother and made with it what she could. It’s so important to Kati to hold on to her mother’s recipes. It is her mother’s fruitcake recipe, after all, that she bakes and shares with Adam that helps Adam see Kati not as a young girl, but his potential bride. Without holding onto the legacy of her mother’s baking, Kati may not have known any other way to secretly show her love to Adam or have the courage to stand up for what she really wanted.
See what I mean?
Confused? It’s okay. Sometimes I confuse myself. But I feel like I’m on a roll with this whole Legacy thing.
I can’t help thinking a lot of the things we pass on to our children is more than tradition. A a cake on your birthday or a kiss at the stroke of midnight, that’s tradition. Learning a skill or a trade is just a job.
A way of life, love, shared gifts with others – now that’s an inheritance and no one has to wait till someone leaves this earth to receive it. That’s a legacy to me worth leaving.
Maybe I’m wrong. What do you think? What does “legacy” mean to you?
Which ones do you think are worth leaving?