Many years ago, after the death of Grandma Bowser, I received some of her crochet needles, patterns, and yarn. I was self taught, but worked year after year to learn the skill. "Perhaps Grandma would be proud", I imagined. Last year, I entered my crocheting into the county fair...and won first place. I was delighted!
|My first place crocheted table cloth|
|Singing the gospel hymns at the Cole Family Reunion. Left to right: Uncle Willard, my mother, Willie Cole in the back, me on the right with the guitar and Aunt Mary in pink|
And today, I am trying to learn how to tat. Again, a skill that Grandma Bowser enjoyed. I want to learn to make the pretty things she did.
While I learn these talents, I think about my ancestors who did them. What would they think about as they sat and sewed or watched the children see them picking a guitar? Would they pick up these things because they were stressed or had a bad day? Was it difficult for them to learn or were they just naturals?
I have many more family talents to yet revive and I am sure that as I learn more about my ancestors, more talents will be added to the list. It is a neat way to pass on the history. As a side note, I have noticed my sisters have done this reviving as well...though I don't know if they have done it for the same reason! Thank you to Mandie for trying to learn the violin like Grandpa Bowser. Thank you to Chrissie for learning to embroider like Grandma Cole and Great Aunt Margaret used to do.
|Sister Mandie learning the violin|
What talents would you like to revive from your family history? Here is my list:
1. Violin (Grandpa Clyde "Ed" Bowser)
2. Speaking French (Dad)
3. Quilting (Mom)
4. Recognizing herbs in the woods (Grandma Cole and cousins Michael, Ray, and Phillip Nimety)
5. Painting with oils and watercolors (Great Grandma Lillie Bowser)
6. Square dance calling (Great-great Grandpa John Bowser)