I saw something on a friend's Facebook that I thought I'd look into in more detail. It was a picture of a gravestone that made me wonder if it were real or just photoshopped. Here's what it looks like:
With an easy web search, I found an article telling about the tombstone and the story behind it.
I thought maybe the story would read that, when asked for the recipe for her Christmas cookies, the woman would always reply, "Over my dead body!" But apparently when this wife and mother from Iowa died, her family tried to think of a way to honor her. And that's how they did it. The article states,
Her daughter, Jane Menster of rural Bernard, says she and her father were searching for a way to remember their mother's generosity. She says the sugar cookie recipe serves as a reminder of her mother's love, and an enduring holiday tradition for their family.
Here's the front of the gravestone.
Here's the picture I saw on my friend's Facebook.
I'm glad I took the time to delve into the story a little more deeply. I have to wonder how often in life, when we take things at face value, we miss out on the real story. It would have been easy to think that what I saw was the real story because I know of people who will either not give out a treasured recipe or who will change an amount or ingredient so that whoever makes the recipe won't get the same results.
Do you have any family recipes that will be given out only over someone's dead body? Do you have any funny, yet real, gravestone epitaphs you would like to share?
"When you're climbing the ladder, be careful which wall your ladder is leaning against." — Bill Moorehead
How much time do you spend planning the good you can do?
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