History Five skills: Our grandparents had them – we don’t By Esther December 2, 2013 Share Share Copy Link Have you thought about the skills your grandparents had, but that are no longer common today? Here are the top five skills: 1. The ability to write long, handwritten letters: Do you still write letters by hand and send them by mail? Nowadays, most of us write emails and text messages, but not long, handwritten letters. Old letters sent to family and friends 2. Remember more than three phone numbers: Can you remember more than three phone numbers by heart? Or the birthdays of friends and family? My grandmother surprised me when she recently told me that she remembers all family birth and death dates from 1890 to today. I only remember birthdays of my immediate family! What about you? Phone numbers to remember 3. Use a sewing machine and sew by hand: Unfortunately, most of us today can no longer sew on a button, let alone make complete garments. Sewing machine (Image credit: Wikipedia) 4. Tie different types of knots: There are many different types of knots, each suitable for a different use. When our grandparents were young, many learned to tie knots – and even practiced them – for fun. Different types of knots 5. Ability to read maps: They didn’t have GPS or the Internet. People used their sense of direction to follow maps. Today, many of us don’t know how to follow maps, since we’ve never needed to! Can you refold a large paper map after opening it up? Map Do you have anything to add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.