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Worthy Use of Leisure Time Activities
Created By: Shirley Sparks

Worthy Use of Leisure Time Activities

Crocheting came to me through my grandmother, my mother, and my aunt. I enjoyed making bottle top covers and other simple items to pass the time as we went on family picnics. When I was an adult, I was privileged to have the position of Home Ec. teacher for Junior High girls in an Indian Boarding School. This was a challenge, but also a reward beyond the paycheck. My Friday afternoon lesson plans always included a "Worthy Use of Leisure Time Activities" period of time.

One Christmas vacation, I went home to visit my mother and aunt and watched as they both created wonderful gifts for other people. It was especially inspiring to see my aunt crochet, as she had cancer of the throat, was nearly blind, and lived in one room of a nursing home, but kept other people happy with her creations. My mother visited there every day, so whenever I was in my hometown, I went with her. The local newspaper wrote an article and showed a picture of my aunt with her crocheted Nativity Scene figures.

When I returned to my job at the school in January after the holidays, I was armed with 18 crochet hooks, and plenty of yarn that I had purchased for the girls to use. I told them about my aunt and her talent and how it filled her time to make things for other people, mentioning that someday when they need something to do, they can pick up a simple crochet hook and some yarn and get busy. "You are going to learn to crochet," I told them. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when I finished telling them my purpose for this lesson. We sat in a huge circle around the room that day, and most of them learned very well. Some of the girls were a bit balky learning something new. However, crocheting seemed to interest them more that I expected. A granny square that measured a yard square was an accomplishment that delighted one of the young ladies. A left-handed girl who became quite talented was very happy to help me train other left-handed girls.

Those were some of the most enjoyable of my teaching years, and now as I sit alone in my apartment, I take out the crochet hook and yarn to try my hand at making some of your patterns as a Worthy Use of Leisure Time Activity! Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource!

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