Those of you who know me know that I taught middle school for a number of years and loved it. I loved the KIDS (not so much the administration). I taught in a very low income school; 76% of our students were on the free or reduced price lunch program. I taught reading/language arts, and I loved opening their eyes to new ideas, new places, new worlds, new ways to think, through books and discussions that made them crystallize their beliefs and question and defend them. It took them away from television and video games, and made them THINK.
You also know that I love my farm and fiber. It is REAL. Nature does not exist based on man-made rules. You can learn everything you need to know in life by observing animals. Whether it is wolves or sheep, the secrets to leading a worthwhile life are found in their lives …
3.Rove in between
5.Love the children
6.Cavil in moonlight
7.Tune your ears
8.Attend to the bones
(Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves)
I fear for today’s children. We live in a plastic world. We — They — are so far separated from the REAL world, from nature, not just from art, but from making something real with their hands and realizing its value.
One of my customers, a young lady who brings her three girls to my shop for knitting lessons, sent me this video. I hope everyone will watch it, and I hope that if you have children, it will spur you on to do more to fill their hands with yarn and fiber and wood and hammers and clay and whatever else might draw them away from our plastic world. Come pet the sheep and learn how they live. They actually make pretty good role models.
Here is the video. Enjoy! http://www.onbeing.org/blog/world-through-hands/3931
(And now the commercial: I take pride in stocking lots of small kits in my store to introduce children and adults to making things with fiber. They are a small step that can make a big difference for our upcoming generation.)