To sew or teach sewing – that is the question?

To sew or teach sewing – that is the question?

Most of us would be familiar with the old proverb “Give someone a fish, and you feed them for a day.  Teach them to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime.”

The original thought pertaining to this proverb is attributed to Maimonides, a 12th Century Jewish philosopher (1138–1204), and his 8th principle where he proposed alleviating poverty by facilitating self-sufficiency.  Over the centuries adaptations of this proverb have been used in a variety of contexts and cultures for which the answer remains the same.

It was a contemporary experience with Augustus (not his real name) that brought this proverb to the forefront of our minds.  Augustus is travelling around Australia and had purchased some curtain fabric to provide some privacy within his van from the outside world.  He asked whether we could stitch them up for him.  Good question. Answer:  Yep, you guessed it…we offered him a sewing lesson‼

“Sew an item for someone, and you help them today. Teach them to sew, and you give them the skills to help themself throughout their lifetime”