You learn more in the ‘by the ways’ by just being close to someone who knows what they are doing that lasts forever.

You learn more in the ‘by the ways’ by just being close to someone who knows what they are doing that lasts forever.

My daughter and I were preparing Thanksgiving dinner together last year, one of our traditions since she was tiny. She was making pumpkin pies from my handwritten recipe that she has used her entire life and asked, “Was this my grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s recipe?” 
I pulled out my recipe for cranberry salad.
I remember writing it down at my dad and stepmom’s one day.
That faded through the years piece of paper was a string back to the past. It took me back to good memories with my dad.

Traditional recipe to me today came from passing moments when something was shared as a “by the way.”

I asked Anna Franklin for vanilla and nutmeg from the spice bin to mix the sweet potato pudding.

Unfortunately, the nutmeg was almost gone, so I asked for Allspice instead. I said, ‘By the way, you can substitute Allspice if you ever have to. It has nutmeg in it, and it works.’ She took note.

I’m looking forward to our traditional pumpkin pies baking together tomorrow.

I thought of how many little things were ‘by the way’ instructions, not written in a cookbook, will come back to her one day when she looks at those same faded recipes when I am not there anymore just like my dad.

I’ve gathered the ‘by the ways’ watching what others do and asking why in business, too.

Treasure those tidbits of ‘by the ways’ knowledge and take time together to learn them.

What is one “by the way” tidbit did you learn from your mom or dad?

#MamaLiz #life #thanksgiving2021

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