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What they don't teach in High School
Created By: LORELEI AZARIAN

I've always loved to knit and crochet. My grandmother taught me in 1st or 2nd grade. I've even won a few ribbons at our local fair.



When my daughter was in high school (before the scarf craze) she asked me ... as I was on my way out of the house to go to my book club, if I'd teach her how to knit. Carpe diem! I dashed to the local craft store to get her a pair of 11s and some Thick and Quick, dashed back, and set her up to knit. By the time I got back from book club, she had an honest 14" of knitting going on. That was rewarding to me... the look on her face radiated accomplishment.



It wasn't until her senior year of high school that I saw the true reward of sharing the "gift."



It was in early December when returning from work one evening I found Amelia sitting beside the roaring fireplace in a chair curled up under an afghan, with the cat on her feet, knitting in her hands, and carols on her boom box. She said, "I'm so glad you taught me how to knit. It's so relaxing. In school, everything you do is either 'work,' or achievements to put in your college resume. Nobody ever teaches you how to relax so you can clear your mind and get refreshed."



I had given her a lifelong gift. If she never made anything except squares (which she's far beyond) the very act of knitting has given her food for her soul.



She has passed the gift on to several of her friends. I don't think we'll ever run out of scarfs ... "Thanks' Nana!"



 
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