The video below of our little 3 year old using a needle and thread to make something special of her own made me think.
It seems less important in the western part of our big blue planet to teach our children trade skills. It's either overlooked for scholastic opportunity and training, sports or play. While the aforementioned activities are imperative to the advancement of society, it's easy to forget that they are sometimes taught in lieu of basic skills. It's my belief that "in lieu of" needs to be altered to "in parallel with".
Let me ask you a personal question. How many of you are able to sew on a button? Not just "make it work" - I mean really able to sew on a button? I'm hoping the majority of you are able to give a definitive "Me!".
With this knowledge of sewing on a button properly, you've already opened yourself up to a few things. You've saved yourself gas to go to a Tailor. You've saved yourself time. And you've saved yourself money. And who doesn't need more of each?
More importantly, you've also given yourself the opportunity to receive an internal high-five for doing something special. It seems silly, I know. Giving yourself a high-five for doing something simple. But hey, you did it. I'm not being sarcastic when I say that you should feel a sense of accomplishment!
Now, what exactly am I getting at?
With the impending loss of modern day American trade skilled industry, we as citizens of this fine country have begun to lose the appetite for learning something that was so important just a few short generations ago.
We're easily able to run off to the closest Wal-Mart, Target, or other retailer to replace what we've broken or damaged. How many of us use glue to repair an heirloom piece of china? In comparison, how many of us use glue to repair a recently purchased and broken piece of the same type of item? What makes that heirloom any more important? Don't we use it for the same thing? "Make do and mend" is on a wall in our workroom. How many of us try to live by those words?
The importance of classic skills needs to be taught to our younger generation. I'm a Tailor, so my expertise is what I'd like to see more people learn. It's never too late to run out and grab a sewing kit from Joann's Fabrics to place a needle and thread in your child's hands. It's never too late to put together the same thing from old thread, needles, buttons and fabric for a random act of kindness or Christmas gift.
These parts of our lives are still in our blood. These abilities are still fresh on our memory and embedded in our DNA. You have the ability to learn a new skill like sewing. It just takes time and effort. There are few things in this world that can be both gratifying and easy. Most of the time you can't have both.
Our ability to "Make do and mend" is right there under our noses. And it's a saying I try to live by every day.
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