Tuesday, March 28, 2006

the wallet maker























Our grandson, Kyle wanted to make a wallet for his 4-H project, and since he knew I sewed, he had it all figured out, we could make one out of fabric and put something in it to make it stiff. I told him that my dad used to make leather wallets and that I thought we had his tools somewhere out in the shop. We asked grandpa Buddy if he had seen them, and of course he knew exactly where they were. When opening up the box, we found all kinds of tools and leather, too!

Kyle made his wallet and poster about how to make a wallet. He told his teacher how he used the tools of his great-grandfather who made wallets in the olden days. I told him it was just a hobby of my father's, it's not like he was the village wallet maker or anything, but it still made a great story for his project.

Kyle traveled Saturday on a schoolbus full of local kids to the district 4-H competition, and came in 4th place in his category. He had a great time and is looking forward to going back next year.

10 comments:

Motherkitty said...

What a fantastic story. Good for Kyle, and good for you for helping out. What a wonderful way to not only do a project, demonstrate how you did it, but also to bring family history into it. What a good thing to cherish your grandfather's tools and story enough to pass it along to your grandson.

Kyle is so lucky.

John Cowart said...

Reminds me of the one I made in Boy Scouts.

Finn said...

Oh Susan,how wonderful...just makes my heart sing...*VBS* I can just see him coming to you as the "fabric" person in his life, and you knowing the story to tell him, and that the tools were still there..what a precious gift. Far beyond what money could buy...that connecting of the generations to each other...priceless!! You should send the story to your local paper, maybe they have a "colorful stories" column, ours does..it's just a wonderful story with a happy ending!!! Thanks, Hugs, Finn

doubleknot said...

A very nice experience with your grandson. I enjoy family stories - hope Kyle gets first place next year - though you can't beat fourth place either.

Seeing Anew said...

What a fun time for both of you, and I can just imagine how good Kyle felt about himself as he shared his story with his classmates and 4-H leader. He'll never forget that!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

That was a great project and sounds quite original for a childs
4-H project.

You must be sooo proud of him...and he should be very proud of himself.

Glacial Wanderer said...
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Glacial Wanderer said...

Great story. Brings back a bunch of memories of projects I did when I was a youngster.

jellyhead said...

What great initiative your grandson showed - not to mention persistence. You must be very proud of him. Hope you had a really good time working on this project with him!

Alice said...

Wouldn't great-grandad be so chuffed? What a wonderful way to carry on the family history. I'm sure he'll be so interested in finding out more about his past family now. Good on you Susan - Family History in Action.