Hobbies and Happiness

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Hobbies and Happiness

Looking back, I acquired most of my happiness and enjoyment through my hobbies. Even today, I continue these hobbies and have passed them on to my daughter, just as they were passed onto me. As far back as I can remember, as a young child I would help in the kitchen to prepare dinners or be at a table with Grandma Emma and Great- grandma Rose working on various arts and crafts. It was during these times that I developed my love for creative outlets, such as baking, sewing, crocheting and embroidery, to name a few. These hobbies became my outlets for my imagination, as well as stress. Some of my fondest memories stem from the time I spent with my grandmothers learning these arts and the time spent with my daughter passing these creative skills onto her. When choosing a hobby, I have found that the hobby, in most instances, chooses you. Aside from the enjoyment that I got from my hobbies, I also obtained skills that at the time I did not realize would prove to be as incredibly useful as they did. As a single mother of two kids, I put my creativity to use in order to provide for my children. In rough weather when electricity was lost, I was still able to provide my kids with a warm, well balanced meal. I can take anything from the cabinets and create a meal from it. In fact, some of my most enjoyed recipes arose from instances such as this and to top it off, being without electricity left me with only a kerosene heater to cook on. My children had nice, as well as unique curtains and bedspreads in their rooms, along with clothes when they were younger due to my ability and love of sewing. Patching holes and attaching missing buttons was never a problem and my babies where never without a Halloween costume or mittens for their hands. In 1980, I found out I was expecting my first child; my husband and I did not have much money and were living in Fairford, England. My best friend and I went to the market to purchase some fabric and other...