got me a college girl

in celebration of formal education in the life of the Christian girl

Friday, February 03, 2006

Things I Didn't Learn in College (Allison)

Though we are a blog full of "college girls," I believe we all acknowledge there are skills and abilities we have acquired that we could not have learned just by sitting in on a classroom lecture. We were taught to bake or sew or a myriad of other things that make a house a home by patient mothers, grandmothers, relatives, and friends. However--for whatever reason--you may, like me, have "gaps" in your domestic education.

This article, called "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Clueless" struck a chord with me, and I thought it might with some of you as well.

Though I would consider myself "crafty," and my mother and grandmothers taught me how to cook (including making perfect skillet cornbread), how to sew a button and hem a skirt, how to decorate a table, and how to sketch and paint, there are certain things that I regret not knowing how to do. I was always either too busy or too stubborn to learn. I wish I had taken the time to learn from my grandmothers while they were still alive; activities like crocheting, knitting, and recreating my New Orleans-born grandmother's shrimp creole recipe are difficult without their expertise. Of course, I could still learn those things through various means--scouring libraries and the internet, begging friends to teach me, and (as a last resort, since it's not free) taking classes. My list of three domestic things I intend to learn at some point in the future through whatever means possible by finagling purposeful time in which to learn (whew!) includes: learning how to properly use a sewing machine (so I can make curtains and pillows and dresses and even, possibly, slipcovers), learning how to make my own bread from scratch (sadly, I have a breadmaker I've never used, and if I won't even take the time to do that, well...we'll see), and, finally, though it is straight from the article--I would love to be able to make my own scented candles. I love candles.

I know many of us college gals have skills-- you make your own bread, you sew slings. I'd like to know what your incredible abilities are! Why not post three things you have learned and perhaps three things you would like to learn that you would consider "domestic skills"? C'mon, let's see what kind of talents you have apart from all that book-learnin'. ;)


  • At 2:15 PM, Blogger greenemama said…

    However--for whatever reason--you may, like me, have "gaps" in your domestic education.

    who doesn't, though? i mean, unless you're martha stewart or my mother-in-law, you've got domestic gaps, right? :)

    i'm a pretty crafy girl and if i don't know how to do something, i know where to find out (booklearning comes in handy in this regard!). admittedly, i learned most of my crafty skills before and after my college years. however, i have to say that exposure to really experienced artists and crafy types during college, as well as classes in costume design and set construction made me a lot handier at the sewing machine -- and made it a lot more interesting since it wasn't just sewing pillow squares!

  • At 12:11 PM, Blogger Camille said…

    My Dad always says, "If you don't know how to do something, go to the library and get a book!" His mom wanted him to slaughter some chickens, so she sent Dad to the library to find out how! ;) People laugh that I have books on swimming, upholstery, and bobbin lace. But hey -- it works!!

  • At 6:16 AM, Blogger Allison said…

    So true that books are sometimes the best way to learn things.

    My aunt just gave my my late Christmas present when I went to visit this weekend-- a flower-arranging book! My domestic library is growing already! Yay!

  • At 6:27 AM, Blogger kristen said…

    I find people I admire who are good at those things and ask them to teach me :o)

    I think it would be an awesome women's ministry to meet once a month and have a woman share what she is really good at in the ministry of home. Maybe she is NOT crafty at ALL but she is very organized and can share tips about that. Some are great cooks. Some are good at stretching a dollar. Some always have a home that is sparkling clean. Some sew. Etc.

  • At 9:21 AM, Blogger prairie girl said…


    That is such a great idea. There are so many, many things on my "to learn before I die" list and I would love to learn them from other sisters in the Lord. What great fellowship that would be!

  • At 2:23 PM, Blogger kristen said…

    If you make it happen, you'll have to let me know if it works out!


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