Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

June 7, 2012

The value of traditional arts

Mineral Wells Index

By VIVIAN CONRAD | Senior Center Director

A young mother came to see us this week.  She wanted to learn how to knit or crochet and decided that the senior center would be the best place to find a teacher. And she was right! We’ve got ladies here who turn out afghans, baby blankets, hats, house slippers, sweaters and pot holders by the dozens, with the effortless ease born of long practice.

Some younger persons may think it a gutsy move for a 20-something girl to seek instruction from people three to four times her age, but she’s the one with the most realistic perspective. Our senior adults are the caretakers of traditional arts.  

Today’s senior generation grew up in an era where sewing, handcrafts and cooking from scratch were common elements of homemaking. Boys learned about tools, basic carpentry and home repair by helping their fathers. It was a practical lifestyle, where household skills were valued and taught.

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