Leaving a Legacy February 3, 2012


[leg-uh-see]  noun, plural -cies.

anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor: 
My sister Theresa died 21 years ago. I'm pretty sure I have seen every picture that was ever taken of her. I'm also pretty sure I've heard every story about her. And believe me, there were quite a few pictures and plenty of stories, but after 21 years without any new material created, I believe we have exhausted them all. There are no new memories and no new pictures. What I wouldn't give to see a video of her. I think I have forgotten the sound of her voice. I think her daughter has also forgotten. That is sad.
So...I want to make sure there are plenty of memories of me to tap into for many years to come.  I want my grandchildren to know who their parent's mother was. I want to leave a legacy.
So....I make sure I get in to lots of pictures. I believe this blog could be a good legacy. My brother and I are working on a video and now I have another project in the works.

My friends Janice and Sue came up with the idea that I should create a cookbook. During the BC days (before cancer), I was a caterer. I cooked healthy meals and delivered them around the city to people who made their selection from the weekly menu that I emailed out to a large client list. Then I also sold meals and healthy foods at the Farmer's Market. I love to cook, I love to create, and I love to serve and it gave me a good life. The work was hard and required many hours on my feet, but most of the time that was fine because of all the rewards involved. I met many wonderful people in this life.

And during this time, many people commented "You should write a cookbook" to which I always replied, "If I gave out my recipes, you could cook and I wouldn't have a job anymore".
Well....I don't have a job anymore and it didn't occur to me to write a cookbook until these 2 smart ladies came up with the idea.
I loved the idea as soon as I heard it. It has given me a new project to work on and hopefully it may bring in a little income for me to assist in maintaining my fun lifestyle. And here is another bit of legacy that I can pass on. I imagine some day 50 years from now, one of my great grandchildren will go up into the attic and find a box with lots of unsold cookbooks covered in dust. But in it will be the creations of their great grandmother Karin. And then they may get to know me through my food and recipes. I love that!