Knowledge is power, you know.
I spent the day in Old Sturbridge Village with three busloads of third graders yesterday.
This educational and operation village, set in the 1830s is a treasure trove. It happens to be one of Dub's favorite places on the planet. He usually goes on ONE fieldtrip per child's educational experience, and this is it. Sadly (for him) he was traveling during the week that Leeli got to go, so I went in his place. As an aside, I will admit that coming on the heels of chaperoning that trip to NYC, this just about did me in.
In one of the exhibit buildings, this caught my eye:
The spinning jenny is a multi-spool spinning wheel
It was invented c.1764 by James Hargreaves
James Hargreaves was a weaver, carpenter and an inventor in Lancashire, England.
The device dramatically reduced the amount of work needed to produce yarn, with a single worker able to work eight or more spools at once. A word 'ginny' or 'jenny' is an early abbreviation of the word 'engine', simply referring to a machine or device.
Here's MY take on the spinning jenny, some 200 years later:
Born in 1964 to some intelligent and industrious parents
She infuses drama into the everyday.
The woman is able to single-handedly work eight or more peoples' schedules at once.
Jenny IS a machine.
[in my humble opinion]
COMING ATTRACTION: fieldtrip pictures.