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Pass It On…

So one thing I find severely lacking nowadays is people passing on knowledge to other people.

It used to be that you would learn from parents, grandparents, and other folks that were prominent in your life.

Maybe you learned how to change the oil from your Dad, or how to can peaches from your Mom.

Or perhaps your grandfather was a fisherman and knew how to preserve fish through smoking and curing.

We used to learn these things as a matter of course.  It was expected of us, because we had to pitch in and help.

But one big reason was that those significant people in our lives knew it was their responsibility to pass on what they knew.

For better or worse I think that the “Pass it on” mindset seems to be less and less prevalent the farther our society … grows.

This is a shame, because whenever someone dies without passing on their know-how just a little more of that knowledge is gone.

So if you’re a grandparent, teach your grand kids.  If you’re a younger person, find folks who can teach you some of those skills you might not think you need.

Don’t let this stuff disappear.  It’s important.

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4 Responses to Pass It On…

  1. I totally agree. It’s like pulling nails with my teeth on finding information on how the settlers used to make do with no running water and electricity. Our biggest need was info on raising chickens without a broody hen and not having electricity for hatching and brooders. How to feed the things without preformulated pellets and not having a lot of room to grown feed for them. (We have figured all that out but there is so much more)

  2. My grandmother was quite the canner and organic backyard gardener. Growing up, it all just seemed so weird and old fashioned. How I wished I’d paid attention! I’m now learning those skills and thoroughly enjoying my connection to the past.

  3. I was thinking about this the other day as I was looking at my greatgrandmother’s afghans – I have no idea how to knit. My grandfather grew up in a rural area very similar to where I am now but I’m having to “reinvent the wheel” and trying to figure out so many things he probably grew up just knowing how to do. I think some of it is that families live so far apart. Also, parents and even grandparents are away working while kids are in school instead of everyone working together at home and the kids learning by doing.

  4. I remember my homeschooled cousin getting to learn and do tons of useful interesting stuff while I toiled away my days in high school, convinced I needed it for college. College proved otherwise and having more real world experience in my teen years would actually have helped me get a lot more out of college level academics.

    We need to share our knowledge with other adults too. And lets all remember that the easiest way to teach somebody something is to honestly and clearly show them how it is useful and how we ourselves feel rewarded from completing it.