Each of us has unique talents and skills we can share with others. There are times when we can work together using those unique skills to collaborate on a project. Take for instance this letter I received one afternoon from my granddaughter.
She wanted a new scarf, she had outgrown the one I made her several years ago. Plus she had a new coat and wanted a specific look to go with this coat. We sat down and talked. Did she want a variegated design or rows of color? Were these the colors she wanted?
She didn’t want that shade of blue, admitting she didn’t have a marker or crayon in the shade she wanted. She wanted turquoise. She also wanted alternating rows of pink and turquoise. I’ve tried to teach her how to crochet, but it’s a skill she struggles with.
Last weekend I surprised her by giving her back her letter along with the scarf I’d made using her directions.
This is her scarf and coat. The experience was well worth it. She learned that while she may not be able to crochet yet, she can still express her needs through art and have another person create it for her.
When she asked me to make her this scarf she told me that the ones in the store aren’t as warm plus you can’t get exactly what you want. My payment? A huge hug, broad smile and to see the look on her face as she dressed to head home wearing her new scarf proudly.
We can share in other ways as well.
My daughter-in-law loves to cook and bake and often brings me a bowl of soup or a serving of an Italian dish she made that I have later for dinner. In return when she has complicated mending to be done she will ask me for help.
I am happy to help her. I repaired a top and pair of pants that had small holes, modified a skirt my granddaughter gave her mother as a gift so it would fit better, then repaired a tutu and detail work on a dress for my granddaughter. None of these items would have been accepted for resale in a consignment shop or goodwill but by sharing a skill I’ve learned they will continue to get use and are saved from the landfill.