In a quiet moment, a life can be changed by the patient guidance of older hands that know a skill. Hammering a nail to make a birdhouse, printing the first letter of your name, counting blocks into a bowl, turning the pages of a board book, or knitting a stitch: these are the things we pass down to our children, along with freckles, skinny legs, or a double cowlick.
When we can tune in to our child's "readiness" for learning a new (old) skill, we can find the perfect moment, a quiet moment, full of possibilities and empty of interruptions. It took a quiet moment this morning to pass the needles into my oldest daughter's hands. Now, as I type, she hums quietly to herself in the rocking chair, working away at her knitting and smiling lightly at this newfound knowledge.
Her little sister paints the birdhouse we hammered together, and her littlest sister strums away at the guitar with her daddy.
The kitchen is full today, of the things we're handing down.