Litmus Lozenges. According to the movie, Because of Winn-Dixie, Franny Block, a librarian, tells a few neighborhood children of the legend of the Litmus Lozenge. Franny’s grandfather invented the candy after his many years of service in the Civil War. The tragedies and visions of war marched through his mind in their familiar paths. After coming home to find all of his family members had died, he weeped. When another tragic event dug a route through his tortured mind, he decided to add something sweet to the world. The world was full of so many bad things that it needed something sweet.
Litmus Lozenges are for everyone but not everyone can taste the sorrow in them. In the words of Opal, sometimes it is hard to separate the sad from the sweet. The subliminal reality of life is that the brokenness and the beautiful are as intertwined as the threads in a quilt or the strips of DNA that make up who we are. Our sufferings and our joy, the invigorating sweetness and the inevitable sadness are as intertwined as the purpose of sharing it together. What common ground of a completely uncommon humanity.