Dee is referred to as a child who has "made it." What does this mean?

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Dee has "made it" in the sense that she got out and found a way to prosper despite her humble beginnings.  Her mother noticed how bright and quick Dee was as a child and so saved up to send her away to school to receive a better education than the one she could get at home.  Dee has gone on to a full and busy life, with little time to return home, and she has also always seemed somewhat embarrassed about her home.  Mama says, "She wrote me once that no matter where we 'choose' to live, she will manage to come see us. But she will never bring her friends."  For all her intelligence, Dee doesn't seem to realize that Mama and Maggie probably don't have a whole lot of choice in terms of where they live.  They run a farm, live in a rural setting in the south in the first half of the twentieth century, and therefore, they probably live where they need to live to make things work.  For all her intelligence, Dee doesn't really get it.  Nonetheless, because Dee seems to have made a different kind of life for herself -- one where she has an education, wears pretty dresses and sunglasses and has a car and fancy friends -- she is referred to as having "made it."