If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know I like lists. So guess what I've got today!
A big thing these days are 'bucket lists.' I think that term might have come into vogue back when that movie with Morgan Freeman came out. But I think lists like that have been around forever.
The other day I heard on the radio some people talking about 10 things every woman should know. And I thought to myself, "hmm, what do I want my girls to know by the time they move out of the house?" If they do. Which I am assuming they will.
But a list like this isn't something new either. In my extensive research (reading historical fiction is research right?!) back in the beginning of our country there were certain things a true lady would have to know, like how to pour tea, or how to dance, or how to embroider. And women in the West, they had other 'tasks' they needed to know (shooting and skinning come to mind). But what about in present day? What do girls/ women need to know, practically speaking?
I'm not going to cover the obvious ones, (the ones I take for obvious), like love God, love your neighbor, respect and be kind. Let's look more practically at life application:
1. Know how to change a flat tire. I could probably do this if I absolutely had to. Thankfully my dear husband has gotten us AAA and I don't have to worry about it.
2. Know what the average prices are at the grocery stores in town. I used to play the Under a Dollar game. I thought if something was under a dollar it must be a good deal. Not always so.
3. Know how to bake bread. This can help out in so many ways! I think it goes hand in hand with knowing how to make at least one good meal.
4. Know how to diaper a baby. Important even if you don't ever have children.
5. Know how to whistle.
6. Know another language. German or French or Greek!? or Spanish or Latin ...
7. Know CPR; How to save a life - which is actually something I haven't learned yet. I wanted to take a course in that and first aid before I had kids .. but it still hasn't happened.
8. How to drive a stick-shift. Or a tractor. Either are useful.
Oh! That's all my brain could gather.
Help me out, what do you think should be added to this list?
And before anyone plays the feminist card, yes I think my son should know all of these too. The topic on the radio that got me started was about women, so I went that route. But boys would benefit from every one of these things too.