Sometime in the 80's our school policy makers decided to extract some important life lessons from our school curriculum and they removed home economics and shop classes from the primary school system.
What has resulted from this is a generation of children who are unable to thread a needle, sew on buttons, cook a simple supper from scratch, wire a lamp, or fix a chair. Unless their parents, grandparents or other family members teach them they will never have the opportunity to learn. I guess they could always try to learn from a book or online tutorial of some sort. Just for fun I googled how to mend and discovered someone has just published a book on this subject that says it will teach you how to thread a needle and sew on a button. I think in these days of renewed interest in frugality every child should learn these basic skills. Along with the iphones, blackberries and notebook computers every child should own a basic little mending kit and know how to use it.
The world can no longer hold the heaps of trash created when people throw away perfectly good clothing because it is missing a button or has a tear in the seam. Almost everything can be fixed .
"Où il y a une volonté, il y a un chemin !" Charles de Gaule ( where there is a will there is a way !)
What have you mended lately?