This winter in Europe the trend for clothing and other accessories is knitting, it is all over in display at the most popular stores in Germany.
This was something we use to see when we were in our teens, the only difference then is, that it was produced by our mothers and grandmothers, today they are made most likely somewhere in a factory in Asia.
In a walk downtown Frankfurt, Germany the other day my wife said, "I would like to stop to buy some knitting needles and some wool, I would like to knit a scarf", with a surprised expression I said, "do you know how to do that?" She replied in a mild tone, "my mom did, and my grandmother as well, and they taught me when I was young", to which I then somewhat unconvinced I said, "OK... why not!"
For next couple of days I saw her knitting at a fast pace and things began quickly to take shape and form, first a base for some plates, next a couple of flowers, then a trendy scarf just like to one we saw in a store, or actually nicer I must confess, and today when I arrived home I found a beret to match the previous scarf.
I said, but this time... totally convinced, "you really learned that from your mother didn't you? It is very nice!"
I think sometimes we under estimate the power of what mothers teach at home, it stays with us for a life time, that's for sure!
Additional reading: Mothers and Daughters