Don't have an account? To participate in discussions consider signing up or signing in
facebook connect
Sign-up, its free! Close [x]

Benefits

  • okay Create lasting relationships with other like minded women.
  • okay Blogging, let your voice be heard!
  • okay Interact with other women through blogs,questions and groups.
  • okay Photo Album, upload your most recent vacation pictures.
  • okay Contests, Free weekly prize drawing.
  • okay Weekly Newsletter.

+17
Love it

Then: Home Economics

Now: Home Page

When I was in high school girls, were required to take a class called Home Economics -Home Ec for short.  Little good it did me.  

While the teacher was talking about how to fill a measuring cup, I was praying one day I'd fill out a B cup.  While  she yapped on and on about not wasting ingredients, I was wasting time thinking about how to get Billy, who was across the campus in Woodshop, to notice me.  I say "wasting"  because it never happened.  While she showed us how to stitch a hem using a sewing machine, I stitched  together sentences in my head, making up stories.

I'm sure you get the picture.  

The class had very little to do with my ambitions at the time and also very little to do with economics.  Which by the way would have been useful in later life.  Far too many kids graduate high school with absolutely no knowledge about balancing a check book.  

Anyways, today girls aren't forced to take Home Ec and if you mention the class they look at you with this dazed expression.  Did you mean Home Page?  Because, of course, "home" (besides being where one lives)is a common computer term for the page you land on when you boot up your computer.
.
You could have a search engine such as Yahoo or Google as a home page.  You have a home page on your website. On social media sites such as Facebook, Myspace, and our very own Fab40, your home page shows your profile and tells the cyber world all about you.  (Dangerous, at times.  So be careful what you post.)    

Just the other day, I realized that my seven-year-old granddaughter has a homepage on Club Penguin!  Even the youngest of us are now socializing online.

Well, I may have slept through most of Home Ec, but while I was dreaming some of my teacher's words must have seeped into my brain.  Because yesterday while my granddaughter and I lined the shelves in my daughter's new house, I heard that teacher saying, "today's leftovers are tomorrow's main course."  

So as I cut the fabric to fit the drawer, I saved the leftover pieces, stacking them in a neat pile. (My home ec teacher would have been proud.) And then sure enough, my granddaughter realized these pieces fit perfectly into the odd shaped spaces.  

My granddaughter may not be forced to take Home Economics, but one day she can post on her homepage that her grandmother taught her how to line a kitchen shelf.

+17
Love it


  •  

Member Comments

    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Paris Mano wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • Great article and so true...Home what??!!estaticestatic



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Janie Emaus wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • Paris,

       Thanks.  Baxter is adorable!

      Janie



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Hbrose wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • I so remember my home ec class, that was definitely one of the most practical classes that I benefited from that I have practiced and used my entire life. And so glad I did, cause you‘re right they don’t teach/offer those classes anymore, so I’ve been able to teach my daughter all of those wonderful things: sewing (and all the various hand stitches), cooking, etc.    

      Thanks for sharing, loved the article happy



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Yana Berlin wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • What a wonderful post Janie. I took this class in Russia. It was a bit different but still very much in my mind. I too daydreamed through most of it.  

      Your story reminded my of my typing teacher in Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, her name was Mrs. Robinson. She had to be 75 plus, she was known to be the toughest teacher in school. I took her class and the first thing she said on the first day was:” You  might not need half of the stuff your learn in life, but pay attention to this class, I promise you, you will remember me for life“. And all of us did I’m sure.  

      I finished her class typing 65 words a minute and she still gave me a C, when I asked why she told me I could easily push myself to 70 words a minute, and should push myself harder. THANK YOU Mrs. Robinson, I now type 70 words a minute if not more.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Denise Critcher wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • Janie, you just took me back years and years ago. I took home ec in both JR High and High School. I didn’t learn a lot in cooking meals anyway. My mother and I baked every Sunday, cookies, cake, banana nut bread, any types of desert. My mom was a big fan of sweets. But in sewing I learn a lot. My Grandmother sewed my clothes when I was young as well as all of my Barbie clothes. Even thou my grandmother was 3000 miles away I wanted to sew just like her. We didn’t have much money when I was growing up, so I sewed most of all my clothes that I wore. At that time it was cheaper to sew than buy your clothes. My last assignment in my senior year in High School was a three piece pant suit. It was a tweed, pants and jacket with a velvet vest. All of the pieces were also lined. It took me all year to sew it because all of the other girls in class asked for my help.
      I still sew but, it’s curtains, cushions for bay windows and redoing dinette sets. I was also a teachers aid my senior year. Oh the good old days....



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Tinaf wrote Mar 2, 2010
    • What a terrific blog!

      I can still see my Home Ec teacher’s face (although I suspect it’s tangled up with Chloris Leachman’s over the years!) and hear the advice she gave us.  No quotes, exactly, but how she taught us how to knit and sew, and gave us practical life advice.  

      But your granddaughter is getting those life lessons in the home.  And how wonderful is that it that she’ll be hearing YOUR voice in years to come when she repeats those same sayings!



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Lindao wrote Mar 2, 2010
    • Home Ec definitely wasn’t my favorite class, Janie.  Your post took me back to those days, though.  I used to sew a lot, but was never a devoted cook.  These days I much prefer home pages—but I sure spend a lot of time on the computer looking at them!



            Report  Reply


    • +1 votes vote up vote up

      Anne Gormely wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • All female students at our high school were not only force to take Home Ed classes, but we had to take typing. I remember how angry I was about this. To this day they have been 2 of the most valuable classes I have ever taken. The basic cooking skills learned helped me cook my family healthy meals and bake holiday cookies (with a little help from Martha Stewart). The basic sewing helped me to make great Halloween costumes for my kids. (In the 70’s & 80’s there wasn’t a great selection of available like there is now.) And the typing? Well I have the “keyboarding” skills needed for today’s computers. My husband still has to resort to the “hunt and peck” because boys weren’t required to learn typing.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Darlene Sabella wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • Oh, how could I forget that, are class went to the electric company one day for a day trip.  I remember it so well, the talked about the future of what products where being designed.  They showed this box they called a microwave oven and said this is the future.  I remember them saying the cost of food was going to sky rocket out of control.  And a jug of milk will cost up to $20.00.  Yes, I never could learn to us a sewing machine, or cook, I too was day dreaming, look out the window wanting to go meet with my friends.  Great article my dear friend.



            Report  Reply


    • +1 votes vote up vote up

      Dana Cappelletti wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • LOL- What I remember is sewing a skirt and wearing to school one day only to have it start unraveling... thank goodness it did not completely unravel.  I think that would qualify for an excused absence.

      good memories- thanks for sharing.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Janie Emaus wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • Darlene - I remember our first Microwave.  At first it was weird, but now I can’t imagine not having one.

      Mrs. Jamaica - You still have the recipes.  How cool.

      Dana - That is too funny..an unraveling skirt!



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Wil Sargento wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • That’s an awesome story.  You get to take us back in time and I barely can remember the days.  I think I enjoyed it though.  You have a great day.  Talk 2 you soon...



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Linda James-Laville wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • I remember I had sewing for one semester and cooking for the second.  I HATE COOKING!  Loved sewing and learned very well from, get this “Mrs. Faithful” who made us put one pin every inch! Now I don’t even use pins, it’s crazy. I can see my cooking teacher but she and I didn’t really get along that well since I HATE COOKING! The one good thing I got out of those torturous classes was “use the item and put it away” which leaves a much smaller mess to clean up later.  Poor woman having to deal with me.  LOL!



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Godrescuedgirl wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • Great article! My homework for Home Ec was to sew a pants suit. It was a wide leg high waisted made of sear sucker material, with matching tie string halter top. To mine and other amazement it turned out great.  

      However, a week after I brought it home I found my grandmother decked out in it flirting with the mailman. Can’t seem to get that image out of my brain...lol



            Report  Reply


    • +1 votes vote up vote up

      Twila97 wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • In middle school we switched between art, home ec, and shop.  I like wood shop the best. In high school I already knew how to do most of the home ec stuff from home so I quit the first week because she was showing us how to sew o a button!  The funny thing is, my son is in sixth grade, middle school.  If you don’t take band or choir, you take WHEEL.  The first class was study skills, second art (she packed a year’s worth of art into six weeks!) now he is in Home Ec.  and loves it.  He can make croutons, crepes and skinny fries!)  The next class will be computers. I believe the other middle school in our town also icludes wood shop in the rotation. It think it is a great alternative for those not gifted in music.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Fethie10 wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • Great post! I too took Home Ec -did pretty good and liked it for the most part. How I never became a bakery owner I’ll never know. But, it’s probably a good thing since I love to make sweets (and as I’ve gotten older...love eating them now too!).

      All my neices are “connected” these days and they were quite surprised when they found out I had a Myspace/Facebook page. It was then that I felt a little beam of ‘youth’ to know I was ahead of the game. happy

      Stephanie



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Timbuktu wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • Fab article! In UK we called DS - Domestic Science. Not really sure where the science came in to it. But I guess something rubbed off, as I can sort of cook and can sew!

      I’ve actually just written an article for a local magazine about Wartime Make Do and Mend, and how we now call it upcycling. I wonmdered when DS (Home Ec) - in particular, sewing skills, fell of the school curriculum and became Design and Technology and that perhaps it would be re-invented as Green Studies!

      Timbuktu



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Mz. Queen wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • I remember baking and sewing but not her name. The rest is history ‘cause I only do enough of both to survive.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Idahodawn wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • I wish they still offered such a class.  I think my 23yr old son tooking “cooking” at some point in middle school which he enjoyed a lot, guys should know how to cook.  Of course my mother and I taught my daughter most things, but she learned most on her own. Home Ec filled in the gaps I didn’t learn at home or expounded on the ones I did.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Dottie2 wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • Yes I remember home ec but not the teacher.  One thing that I must have gotten from her was the Back Stitch.  I have used that stitich over and over a million and one times.  I used it in my teenage years when my mother would buy used clothes for my brothers and they were ill fitting but I knew I could fix them with this very durable stitch.  I fixed many a pair of pants.  Whether they remember this I don’t know but they should thank me if the memory ever returns to thieir minds.  I have hand sewn practicly any craft project that I have done and only sewed one dress by machine.  That stitch has been passed on to my daughter who doess’t have the need that I did, but it’s a good one

      estatic
      Susan



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Joyousone wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • Loved your article here - sure brought back a lot of memories of old Home Ec class - and the picture ... what a hoot!  Did we actually dress and look like that - OMG.

      I’ll say one thing about taking that class back then, girls nowadays should be taking it too.  How many of them don’t know which end of a sewing needle to use.  Being this “throw-away” society we’ve lived in, they never really needed to learn how to repair things and make them last.  Now though with this crazy economy and people getting back to basics and learning how to save and repair things, maybe they’ll have Home Ec back as part of the curriculum.

      I was fortunate to have a Mom who knew how to sew from her Mom who was a seamstress back in the day so Home Ec class was just a bonus for me.  Just a couple of months ago my son asked if I could put up a hem on some pants for him - his girlfriend doesn’t know how.  Looks like I’ll be giving a Sewing 101 class pretty soon.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Janie Emaus wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • Thank you all for your wondeful comments.  I’m glad this blog brought back so many memories.  

      xoxo
      Janie



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      007pouty wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • Great article it brought back many memories.  estatic



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Rnfisher wrote Mar 3, 2010
    • I don’t remember the teachers, but I still have some of the recipies from home ec.  One is for a chocolate cake that is so yummy and moist.  I remember watching my mom sew and knowing that I wanted to learn how some day.  However, my being left handed was hard for her to figure out how to teach.  She didn’t have much patients with it.  What she didn’t realize was that I have a particular talent where I can sit across from someone and duplicate what they do.  She didn’t do much in teaching us how to cook either.  My typing skills are from high school and nine years in the US Navy.
      Janita



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Pharmagirl wrote Mar 4, 2010
    • Janie, what memories this post evokes. We had a mixed Home Ec class; all of us baking muffins and learning to make coffee (strange one, but there you are). It ignited an interest in cooking for me.  

      Alas, when it came to sewing I was a total disaster. All thumbs and no patience. I can barely sew a button today. This is quite the joke in my family as Nana (my mother) has to take on all our hemming, button replacing and other minor tailoring needs.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Janie Emaus wrote Mar 4, 2010
    • I’m the same with you with sewing.  My granddaugter is always going to my mother for help.

      Have a great day.
      Janie



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Msj wrote Mar 4, 2010
    • My class was actually fun. When we cooked, every group was assigned a different food and we all ate together at the end of class. YUMMMY!



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Tealyn wrote Mar 5, 2010
    • I really enjoyed the article. Mrs. Mueller was our adorable Home Ec. teacher but I don’t remember much from the class...I, too, was daydreaming about “other” things. I learned the basics from my mom: hem an article of clothing, sew on a button, embroidery, basic cooking (which can take you a long way with a little imagination and a good cook book!) and taking care of your home. My sister-in-law taught me how to sew (on a machine). The business/typing/shorthand classes (with Mrs. Hansson and Mrs. Fife), however, really did help. Things like balancing a checkbook, writing a check, research (for things like buying furniture for your house, reading a map and planning a trip) were handy lessons. But everyone should take typing/keyboarding? It’s the most valuable skill I learned in school. Use it daily; no one-finger pecking for me!



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Char358 wrote Mar 6, 2010
    • I had home ec class in 8th grade in junior high.  I LOVED the cooking part.  I love to cook.  I didn't like the sewing part, tho.  :(  

      Funny, brings back a lot of fun memories.  :)

      Char



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Angelina Romero wrote Mar 11, 2010
    • Well my son (18) loved Life Skills ( Home Ec ). That’s where the Hot Girls were...to quote him.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Allinet48 wrote Mar 11, 2010
    • Never did take home ec-wonder why not. Taught myself to type. Heavy on the math and science I think.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Janie Emaus wrote Mar 15, 2010
    • Hi Patty,

       The things we remember!

      Janei



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Yashis wrote Mar 16, 2010
    • Home Ec was category at my high school and then you had cooking 1,2 and 3  Clothing 1,2 and 3  Child Development 1 and 2( in #2 you volunteered at a day care facility for first couple hours of each weekday)  I can now cook but my skills didnt come from that but just  everyday life and cookbooks. I still cant sew  and I dont have kids so what all did I get out of that. I took typing but still hunt and peck in everday life

      Will the education system ever figure out that  we need more classes to teach us how to balance checkbook, budgeting etc..



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Chattycathie wrote Mar 16, 2010
    • I remember taking cooking, but not getting a great grade because I was taught to cook without a recipe or measuring and so even though my food tasted great, my teacher thought I was sloppy for not following the recipe to the T.  There was one boy in our class and the other boys teased him. But I think he was smart because he got so much attention from the girls and he got to sample all the food.

      I was great at sewing, and made all my clothes when I was in school.  My niece recently decided she wants to be a fashion designer, but her school doesn’t teach sewing.  So this summer she is going to spend a few weeks with me and I am going to teach her how to sew.

      My mom made me take typing, but I hated it.  Everything I hated about the typewriter, was corrected with a computer.  I fell in love with it the moment I touched my first word processor,  My mom never lived long enough to see the effect of what computers have done to our world, but every day I thank her for making me take that class.

      Love your writing—always enjoy this blog.
      Cathie
      Tears of Joy Video



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Perfumejunky wrote Apr 10, 2010
    • I had a lovely home economics teacher, she was quite elderly, short, round and very homely.  Then she was replaced by a tall, thin, angular moody lady who could never say my name properly!  I stopped listening in the lessons after that..what a shame! I have made up for it though I think as I am now very domesticated lol !  Great Article.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Janie Emaus wrote Apr 10, 2010
    • Hi Perfumejunky,

       Thanks!
      Have a great weekend.
      Janie



            Report  Reply


About this author View Blog » 
author