This year at the Walpole farm Thanksgiving was full of educational moments.
We taught our cousin’s new fiancee how to shoot skeet. I showed jiu jitsu to my cousin and learned some wrestling moves in return. And my physical therapist uncle shared some stretching tips with me after we ran a 5K together. This isn’t to mention the cooking, meat cutting, and other knowledge that changed hands over the day.
This sort of skill trading happens organically at most family gatherings. But why not make it official? Why not center family events once a year around the sharing of skills – a “skillsgiving”?
Next year I could teach photography to my cousins, learn first aid from my ER nurse cousin, take notes on baking from my aunt who makes those delicious chocolate bourbon pecan pies.
What better way can you image to allow family members to catch up? Our work and our projects and our learning are such an important part of our lives, and they can be expressed through the skills we have. If we want to get to know each other better with each passing year, we should keep on trading know-how like this.