I did not realize it when I wrote this, but it ties in with Labor Day. (Oh well, it was an interesting coincidence to me)
The article written by Sadie Fowler, Junior 'wireman' keeps grandfather's legacy alive, about Rod Cleveland 's continuation of his Grandfather's talent for wire sculpture made me think about my own family's talent legacy.
One of my grandfathers was an artist with iron and made fencing that surrounds Alexander Hamilton's park overseeing the Hudson River. His three daughters were not able to follow in his footsteps and I don't know of anyone in our family who has picked that back up.
My other grandfather was a locally acclaimed baker and one of his son's kept the Mill's bakery going for two more generations. It is still in business today but not by our family. My sister became and still is a cake decorator, as well as a teacher of the art through the Wilton company.
The teacher part of it probably came from our mother who went back for her teaching certificate as soon as the youngest (me) was able to help around the house and function without her being home every day after school. We would all take turns cooking the family meal, but as my sister, then two brothers graduated, the cooking fell to me.
My father was a skilled tool & die craftsman who became quite unhappy when he was moved into management. He turned his skills to running our small farm, which actually kept our family well fed and must have made some extra income, although finances were never discussed.
I can bake, but I am not a decorator. Debbi has kept of that end of the family for me, but no longer commercially. My father's love for nature, growing and farming is still in me though. I express that through my own gardens, and writing, but I can't say it keeps the family fed, just my soul.
Teaching however is still an active interest from my Mother's side. I can not afford to be a regular public or private school teacher, but I find my expression of this craft by teaching about eBay, internet marketing and of course, gardening.
How about you? Do you follow in the steps of any of your family? Maybe you want to, but need a little nudging? Here comes a nudge!!!!!!!!!!!
Even if no one in the family is following in a trade or talent from a previous generation, what are some that you admired while growing up?