A Stitch In Time

Random musings today, which can be my response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt word, MEANDER

A Stitch In Time

Deciding to head for the park where I could meander awhile, I slipped my car key into my jacket pocket and…

Clunk. My key landed on the floor.

I stuck my hand in my pocket and discovered that small hole I’d intended to repair, was now a bigger hole. Big enough for my car key to fall through. Yes, I’d noticed those few missing stitches and vowed – can it be several months ago now? – that I’d fix that hole very soon. But somehow…

I recall that old grandmas’ saying, “A stitch in time saves nine.” For centuries untold moms and grandmas passed on this kind of practical wisdom to make life a bit easier for their offspring. Fix the hole while it’s small and it won’t tear even more. You won’t have look for things that fall out of pockets, darn bigger holes, or put huge patches on knees. Throw out easily repaired clothing and your budget will develop holes!

For whatever reason, we live in a day when passing on the old wisdom is not popular. Discouraged even. Every person should be allowed to find their own way, to eventually discover the same truths that parents and grandparents used to share. Like me with the hole in my pocket.

When I was young my Aunt/Mom worked out and my various babysitters didn’t bother to teach me any practical skills or even basic common sense. They had nothing invested in my upbringing and Mom didn’t have time or energy after work. So I’ve learned a lot myself through trial and error, but I’m passing on some of this to my own grand-daughters.

I’m seeing that attitudes are shifting and passing on life’s truths will come back into style. Young people, they say, are overwhelmed and actually craving guidance from the old folks who’ve experienced and learned these lessons.

As another wise saying goes, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

5 thoughts on “A Stitch In Time

  1. I find it so sad that home-ec is no longer taught. It should be mandatory for boys and girls. I have basic knowledge. I wanted to pass it on to my kids – one has figured some stuff out himself and the other doesn’t care. It’s too bad. We’ve become a throw out society over one who fixes the things that could give us more years of life.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Yes, some kitchen skills teaching would be useful and some kids get zip at home. A mom told me her son’s room-mate at college couldn’t make mac&cheese.
      I worked briefly with a sixteen-year-old and one evening I watched her “peel” apples. With a 3″ straight-edge pastry knife. Chop-chop-chop-chop and the apples were “peeled.” Chop-chop-chop-chop and they were quartered and cored.There sure wasn’t much apple left for the fritters!

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