In my family, it was always important to place blame when anything bad happened.

“Who did this? ”my mother would scream about a dirty kitchen.

“This is all your fault, Katharine, ”my father would insist when the cat got out or the dishwasher broke.

From the time we were little, my sister, brothers and I
told on each other . We set a place for blame at the dinner table.

But the Whites didn’t worry about who had done what. They picked up the pieces and moved on with their lives. The beauty of this
was driven home to me the summer Jane died. 


When Mr. and Mrs. White arrived at the hospital, they found their two daughters sharing a room. Sarah had a few cuts on the head; Amy’s leg was broken. They hugged(拥抱)us all and cried tears of sadness and of joy at seeing their daughters. They wiped away the girls’ tears and made a few jokes at Amy as she learned to use her crutches(拐杖).

In this artical, what does the sentence "The beauty of this was driven home to me the summer Jane died. " mean?

And, could "cry" be followed by nouns?Is cry a transitive verb?

Thank you for you reply!
Drive home to someone = strongly make clear to someone.
Cry is occasionally transitive, as in 'to cry buckets', 'to cry alligator tears'.

Here are some more common uses:

verb (used with object)
8.to utter or pronounce loudly; call out. "Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war".
9.to announce publicly as for sale; advertise: to cry one's wares.
10.to beg or plead for; implore: to cry mercy.
11.to bring (oneself) to a specified state by weeping: The infant cried itself to sleep.

Thank you very much ! Loud and Clear!