We live in a plastic world

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 …

1.Eat
2.Sleep
3.Rove in between
4.Render loyalty
5.Love the children
6.Cavil in moonlight
7.Tune your ears
8.Attend to the bones
9.Make love
10.Howl often
(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.)

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One Response to We live in a plastic world

  1. Bonita says:

    Mary….

    What a nice post and what a beautiful video.

    I had just been knitting some of the soft curly yarn I had purchased from your shop some time ago – and that made me think of you so I went to your website to see what you’d been up to lately – and saw this post.

    One INCREDIBLE thing about what you offer is not only can you spin and knit the fiber —- but you let us help on shearing day so we get to meet the sweet animals that the fiber comes from – it really completes the circle!

    I hope to come see you and ‘play’ in your shop sometime over my upcoming ‘winter break’.

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