This is my assignment for Friday. I’ve been asked to go talk to a group of nineteen second graders about textiles, spinning, wool, and the history of it as it pertains to America. Uh-oh. Now, I need to do a quick crash course. It has been so long since I’ve done any of this stuff in school that when the teacher said we start with Jamestown and work our way through American history I didn’t have any idea when that really was. So, I went to the internet. Thank goodness for the internet some days. So Jamestown was started in 1607. Okay, that gives me a good starting place. Then I look up the Industrial Revolution and so far I find a couple of different dates but they agree to some extent that the majority of the major leaps in industry were made between 1820-1870. Like I said, it has been a really long time since I have read, studied, or listened to anything regarding this stuff. I think a trip to the library will be in order. Mostly because they have me interested now. I have enough to go on as far as relating things to the kids for a half hour. They have peaked my interest now.
Besides having to hit the books for this I need to put some materials together. I’m always a bit nervous talking to kids. They ask the hard questions and aren’t bashful about it. I enjoy their responses to things like this though. The looks they get when they realize how soft a sheep really is or when they realize you can do something with that fuzz that they cut off their 4-H lamb is so worth a little bit of nerves.
In addition to Friday at the school the grocery co-op where I have my stuff on consignment is having a grand opening on Sunday and has asked me to demonstrate. Again, I need materials for this. Hmmmm. I think I’m procrastinating.
I think I’ll procrastinate a little more and go work in the garden so I can at least get something accomplished.