Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Lost Arts
This summer, I plan on exploring some of the lost arts. I want to learn new things from a simpler time, the things that our grandmothers and great grandmothers knew and embraced as part of daily life.
I began to think of how dependent we have become on technology in just one generation. Think back...our days were not filled with computers. We did not Skype. We did not have digital cameras. We did not have cell phones, not to mention texting. We did not have video games and home theater systems. We did not have e-readers. We did not have GPS. We did not have online shopping.
How did we survive? Just fine. We had house phones...on long spiral cords. We had books. We had movie theaters. We had libraries and fantastic book stores. We had maps. We had stores. We had the outdoors to entertain us and friends to bike with us.
All of this technology that my sons take for granted. What has it done for us? It isolates us. We become so dependent on it for our everyday life rhythms that seem to focus on the hurry and rush and speed of things.
I want to slow down. I want to unplug. I want to create. I want to become less of a consumer and more of a producer.
I picked up crochet recently after a thirty plus year absence. With hook and yarn in hand, my brain instantly brought me back to a skill that I'd learned as a child. I'm so thankful that I have a mother that taught us to appreciate crafts at a young age. I think the world would be a much better place if we gave our daughters knitting classes instead of mani-pedis...if we taught our sons how to start a vegetable garden rather than how to kill zombies.
I'm going to reexamine the things that don't bear fruit in my life (this blog may be one of them!), and try to invest more time in the things that do...connecting with people, feeding my family, learning a new skill, appreciating God's creation.
A simpler life, rediscovering lost arts.
Tell me, what did you learn as a child? What lost art do you wish you could learn today?