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    I couldn't believe this.

    My sew group were doing quilt demos Saturday for Quilt Day at a local museum. One boy about 10 and his brother who was older were watching me sew a quick project. I asked them to help finish and they did. I then press the project to make it lay flat. I gave the piece to the younger boy and he said it's warm, how did you make it warm? I said I ironed it with the iron. He looked puzzled. I said it's a small iron, yours at home is probably bigger. His older brother said we don't have anything like that and the way he said it he was very impressed that I had one! His Dad came over and the younger boy said Dad this lady made this warm with that. He pointed to the iron. His Dad said yeah, an iron. Don't you now what an iron is? The mother came over about that time and looked at the iron and then back to the father and said we don't have one of those in the house. So I guess the boys don't know about them. Good Grief give me a break.
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    ha.ha. modern changes in fabric i guess. otherwise they walk around wrinkled! cute.
    when about 12 yrs old i ironed my wrist!!! had a brown scar for many years. ironing is not for the faint of heart.

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    Considering that at university, my son used his as a doorstop, yep I believe it!
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    Wow, who knew quilter's are keeping the whole iron industry afloat!

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    my grandkids had asked me a few years back what an iron was... can't believe my DD doesn't own one!
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    The first time I ever heard about people not owning an iron was about 8 years ago. A new gal was hired at work & during one of our conversations she said she didn't own an iron. I guess my jaw dropped to the ground. I couldn't believe it. I should have known because she came to work with wrinkled shirts on. Never in my lifetime would I even consider going to work with a wrinkled shirt.

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    Well, I seldom iron clothes..My DH is a minister and so he usually wears a suit and I just have to worry about his shirts and when I wash them I am careful not to let them sit in the washer or dryer too long so they don't get wrinkled...if they do I rewash them..hehe..

    I have a big iron and a small travel iron for quilting.

    Getting back to the onebyone's post, it is bad that many children are not being taught some fundamental chores. I had a young girl in a class that did not know how to use a broom. I taught all my five kids, boys and girls most of the home chores and DH taught them outdoor stuff such as mowing lawns, trimming bushes, weeding, raking, using a hand and electric saw, proper way to hold and use a hammer etc.

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    Either their mom doesn't like to iron or is like most 20-30 somethings out there and has a steamer.
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    I have reared two grandchildren for the past almost 13 years. They know how to do their own laundry and iron. My middle son was in the military, so of course, he had to press his uniforms just so!

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    What bothered me was how ignorant the boys were about what an iron was and what it does even if they use one or not. My three year old grandson knows an iron gets hot and you press fabric with it. Same sadness as the neighbor boy some years ago who came to my house and I was taking cookies out of the oven. He was flabbergasted that cookies could be made at home. He had no idea. His mother laughed and said her oven hadn't been turned on in years. The family moved and I don't know if the youngster ever go home baked cookies again.
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    My grandson this weekend told me that his mother has an iron but she never uses it like me. LOL
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    A child learns from adults in their lives. I would never refer to them as being ignorant.

    I only use my iron nowadays to make quilts.
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    Reading this makes me think of my son's friend. Came to stay the weekend. Saturday I cooked spaghetti, Sunday veggies including green beans. He asked his mother why didn't they eat exotic food like that at home.

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    Jingle you are right! My DIL does not iron anything. I have seen my son in some pretty wrinkly shirts. Whenever there is a reason he needs to look really nice, he will stop over here to use my iron. I couldn't imagine going to work like that. They both hold management level jobs. I've mastered the art of biting my tongue!

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    When I think about the fact that I haven't used my iron for anything other than quilting for years, I guess that makes sense! Too funny though. Reminds me of all the other things kids don't know about these days.....like phone booths.

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    I've had younger women look at me when I say something about buying a new iron like I'm crazy. I had one say "You iron?" When I said that I mostly use it for quilting but I do iron pillowcases and clothes if they need it. She said "I never iron. I just put it back in the dryer or send it to the cleaners".
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    It is sad what kids aren't being taught these days. They need some grandparents in their lives! I knew a single mom whose little girl didn't know what a bride was. They went to see someone staying in a hotel, and ran into a wedding party. The little girl, about 5 years old, acted out to the bride because a) she's a brat, and b) she thought the big white dress and veil meant the lady was a princess. So sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    A child learns from adults in their lives. I would never refer to them as being ignorant.

    I only use my iron nowadays to make quilts.
    Ignorant is not a bad word. It merely means "unknowledgeable". So if the parents don't teach them what an iron is then they are ignorant of irons.

    We are all ignorant of some things.
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    My son doesn't own an iron or board (although they used to have both--think when they move they just donate stuff to the Goodwill!). He did mention it several months ago, so they will get one for birthdays or Christmas. This is the couple that registered for wedding but put lots of weird stuff on it and so didn't get basics. I've since "filled in" from the thrift store for the. Doubt if my grandson's really aware of what an iron does.

    But also must call myself out too--when my daughter was 3yrs old, I was in grad school and taking a counseling testing class so we all had to give IQ tests to several people of different ages. The Stanford-Binet test uses several little "game piece" items with younger kids. When I asked what the iron was, my daughter quickly said a sewing machine! When I asked her to explain why she said that, she said it's because I use it when I sew! So, obviously I don't iron clothing much!

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    I must admit, my iron only gets used for my quilting. I use my dryer to fluff out wrinkles on our clothes. I will occasionally press wrinkles out of clothes if the dryer can't do it. haha

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    Wow! The boy had never seen an iron to know what it does? That's a pity.

    Spaghetti and green beans are "exotic food" to that other kid? LOLOLOLOL


    I feel blessed that my hubby likes to iron. He irons his work clothes and our son's school uniforms, and anything of mine if I ask (but I seldom need something ironed). I'll iron on an as-needed basis, but he likes to watch TV and do a week's worth of ironing every Sunday night. I've always appreciated that my man likes to look sharp but doesn't think of ironing as "woman's work" so there's no expectation from me.
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    I'm no longer amazed at the lack of information the younger generation(s) have. IN ALL AREAS.
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    The reason so many younger people have no knowledge of an iron is due to permanent press clothing & dryers. Back in my younger days we hung clothing on the line outside. Clothing, for the most part, was not permanent press, so you had to iron shirts, dresses, etc. Changes brought clothing that was tossed in the dryer & came out wrinkle free. You no longer needed an ironing board or iron. Kids today don't mind the wrinkled look. The consider it the norm.

    I altered my Grand Daughter's prom dress last year. When her & her boyfriend arrived I was pressing it. She had no idea how to use an iron. She got a quick lesson.

    Changes forced most stay at home Mom's to go to work, in order to pay the bills, because Dad's paycheck no longer covered it all. Mom's teaching time was used up at the factory or office. Dad's were forced to work longer hours & often 7 days a week. My husband's kids hardly ever saw him, as he worked those hours. Many Kids are basically raising themselves via computers & games.

    Kids today lack all the education of many things we take for granted. Most couldn't plant/harvest a garden, mow a lawn, cook or bake real food (using the stove or oven), paint a room or fix/repair anything. They lack common sense. They seem to live for the day & don't look to the future. Many complain about having to go to work & earn a living.

    Kids today are hard wired to cell phones & video games. I watch neighbors kids & just shake my head at the lack of every day things they have not been taught. It's not the parents fault tho. It's the major change in society that has caused this.

    The industrial age brought many changes to the world, however the high tech age has caused a major rift in common sense & their ability to survive in the world. Some times change is good, but not always.

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    This is a true story. A man called our emergency services complaining about his girlfriend who "hit him with a smoof."
    A what, sir? She hit you with what?
    "She hit me with a damn smoof!"
    Please describe it to me, I don't understand.
    "A smoof! A smoof! You know, what you use to smoof your clothes with..."
    He was talking about an iron. I will never forget it. I love language and dialects, and this was a new one on me and I've been around for a while.
    I only use my smoof for quilting, too, unless I get antsy and decide to smoof our cloth napkins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-Roll View Post
    This is a true story. A man called our emergency services complaining about his girlfriend who "hit him with a smoof."
    A what, sir? She hit you with what?
    "She hit me with a damn smoof!"
    Please describe it to me, I don't understand.
    "A smoof! A smoof! You know, what you use to smoof your clothes with..."
    He was talking about an iron. I will never forget it. I love language and dialects, and this was a new one on me and I've been around for a while.
    I only use my smoof for quilting, too, unless I get antsy and decide to smoof our cloth napkins.
    Hahaha....I love it! Not only does he not know what an iron is, but he doesn't know how to pronounce it! That's our future folks. We (pointing at myself mostly) are in big trouble....

    As to the original topic, I gave my oldest niece an ironing board and iron when she got married. Shouldn't have spent the money, because she put it away and forgot where she put it. Hasn't seen it in 7 yrs!
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