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  • Takedasama@AOL.com
    In a message dated 10/15/2002 8:59:47 PM Eastern Standard Time, ... I agree Makiwara-dono, there s not enough for children to do at Events. -Takeda (father of
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      In a message dated 10/15/2002 8:59:47 PM Eastern Standard Time,
      makiwara_no_yetsuko@... writes:

      > --- 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
      > is
      > >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.
      > Makiwara

      I agree Makiwara-dono,
      there's not enough for children to do at Events.

      (father of a nine-year-old)

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