When my sister and I were young, my parents would take us to Greece every few years to see my grandparents. My Yiayia Lambro took me aside one afternoon and wanted to teach me how to spin yarn on a drop spindle. I was 13 then and all I wanted to do was go hang out with the other young people in the village. Not sit and learn how to use a drop spindle. Who does that anyways?! I told my yiayia I was all set. She said I would need this skill so that when I needed new socks I would have the yarn ready to knit new ones for myself. I very boldly informed her that in America we don't need to make our own socks. We buy them.
Fast forward 45 years and I have my grandmothers drop spindle with yarn that she actually spun still on it. I decide I'd like to spin my own yarn and knit my own socks. Yiayia isn't here anymore. Now I have to find someone and pay them to teach me how to spin my own yarn on a drop spindle. Well, I did and I learned. Even though I didn't pay attention when I was 13, I learned how to spin and now spin on a wheel as well. I smile everytime I spin when I remember my yiayia. I bet she's smiling too.
P.S. Everytime my children see me spinning sock yarn they comment: "You know you can buy socks in America right ma?!" Yup...I know... Love you Yiayia Lambro