My grandparents no longer live in that house and Mary Nell has now passed away, but her cookie legacy lives on through me :-) I have the recipe for those wonderful cookies. It became a tradition for my family to make them every year. When I moved to DC a few years ago I began making them myself. The first batch that I made myself was a few years ago for a bible study Christmas party. My friend Ebony raved about them. The next year I was sure to make a batch and reserve some just for Ebony. And this year she asked me when I was going to be making them. I did know think that I would be able to get them made before Christmas, so I told her that she might be getting New Years cookies. Then I became consumed with the determination to get a double batch made. I did it all in one late night / early morning :-) Then, I set some aside for a few Christmas parties and made up a few Christmas gift boxes.
I delivered Ebony her box of cookies at church and she told me that the security guard at her building had been asking about the girl with the cookies. I love it!!! I absolutely adore the fact that something which brought me so much joy as a little girl, is bringing joy to others. I want to continue to spread that Christmas cookie joy. I love the thought of being known as the girl with the beautiful, delicious cookies. I want people to look forward to receiving cookies just like I did growing up. I look forward to being able to pass the love of making Christmas cookies down to my own children someday.
I don't remember anything about Mary Nells family. I don't know if she had children that carry on her love for making cookies. So, I write this post in honor of Mary Nell. I am grateful for the memories that I have of her cookies and hope to be able to be a memory creator for others :-)