- In a message dated 10/15/2002 8:59:47 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>I agree Makiwara-dono,
> --- In sca-jml@y..., Barbara Nostrand <nostrand@a...> wrote:
> >Noble Cousins!
> >Greetings from Solveig! My problems with fan-making as a children's
> >activity is not whether it was a period activity, but whether or not
> >it was a children's activity in period. I doubt that it was. There
> >a general tendency to convert crafts and expecially osbolete crafts
> >into children's activities. Today, we don't think of fans as being
> >functional items, however in period, they were functional items.
> With respect, some thoughts on this posting.
> 1. Children are period. ;->
> 2. It is my understanding that in most pre-industrial societies, it's
> an economic necessity for members of the artisan and peasant classes
> to put one's children to work as soon as they're big enough to be
> productive, whether it be household chores or being apprenticed to
> learn a trade. I cannot imagine that Japanese artisans did not have
> young people to teach their crafts to.
> 3. Children with nothing to do get bored. Bored, unsupervised
> children are not fun to have at events. Anyone who undertakes to get
> involved with children's programming at SCA events deserves our
> thanks for providing these kids with fun, interesting and (don't tell
> the kids about this last one!) educational activities.
> 4. The SCA is full of adults engaged in so-called "obsolete crafts."
> I just spent several evenings turning small linen circles into
> handmade buttons of a type that has not been used in 500 years. I
> feel certain I could teach any child old enough to safely handle a
> needle and thread how to do it.
there's not enough for children to do at Events.
(father of a nine-year-old)
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