“I hate sewing!” That was my middle son’s famous line during the first term of this school year.
You see, the grade seven’s in his school are required to take all the five Tech. Ed. courses this year: Sewing, Wood, Metal, Cooking and Computer Graphics. Next year in eighth grade, they can pick whatever they want. The first course his class was assigned this year was Sewing. Every time he’d come home saying that line, I would tell him that sewing is not that bad and that he’d learn a lot from it. I would tell him how I learned to mend holes in socks when I was in sixth grade. But he’d still come home saying how he hated it.
So I was surprised when he brought home his first sewing project. A zippered pencil case. Sure, I learned how to sew buttons and make buttonholes when I was still in elementary school, but I never sewed my first zipper until I was already married with kids. And just look at this piece of work. Very neatly done. Perfect!
That’s why I was ready to complain to the teacher when he got a low mark in his report card for Tech. Ed. It turned out that he didn’t complete his second project in time. But look at this Tote bag. It’s very neat and clean.
For the second term, they had Wood. One afternoon, he came home with a cut on his finger. He accidentally cut it while making his project. I guess he wasn’t paying attention. “Did you cry?”“No.”
“Were you the only one who hurt himself so far?”
“No, a boy’s finger got stuck with a needle when we had Sewing.”
“Ouch! Well, be careful next time.”
This was his first project in Wood. A puzzle snowman. I think it’s cute.
On the last day of school before Christmas vacation, he brought home this reindeer. When I saw him through the window carrying this, I met him at the door and the first thing he said was, “I don’t like it.” I said, “Well, I happen to like it. I think it’s very nice.” Then he said, “There should be paper glued to it but it won’t stick so I took it out.” It’s supposed to be a reindeer singing a Christmas carol. I told him, “It doesn’t matter. I still like it.”