Today I started a sewing project with my 4th, 5th & 6th grade class of 14 boys and five girls. As we were hand sewing a Christmas ornament one of the boys complained that he keep poking himself. I explained to him, "Pokes are a part of sewing. When you hand sew often, you can actually build up calluses on your fingers from repeatedly sticking them with the needle."
"Really?" He asked. I assured him that it was true; when I was hand quilting every day I did indeed have a sewing callous on one of my fingers.
My 5th grader looked over at his friend and said, "Dude! Get to work. We need these calluses so we can grip the football better!"
They were two of my hardest workers for the rest of the morning...