The 2013-14 school year is officially over in our household. One of the unexpected perks of homeschooling has been the change in my view of summer break. Instead of oh no what am I going to do with the kids all summer, I feel more like thank goodness I can do things other than school with the kids all summer.
I’ve heard folks refer to our suburb of Tampa as “Disney World for homeschoolers,” and man they aren’t kidding. It’s dizzying, the number of homeschool groups and classes available. Feeling blessed to be here, I threw myself into the community wholeheartedly. Sure, I can be Box Top coordinator. Yes, I’ll help run Older Son’s basketball team. Let’s organize a field trip to the history museum where Older Son volunteers. Say, let’s try being a craft leader!
The last one is especially funny because I am about as crafty as dirt. It’s hard to remember now, but I think at sign-up my thought process went something like this: I remember the craft tables at the parties last year. They are quick stops for the kids if they are actually idle enough for a little busy work. I can do that.
Turns out, the kind of ladies that tend to sign up for crafts are the ones that actually, you know, enjoy doing crafts. These Martha Stewarts are nice enough, but they expect a great deal of forethought and preparation. Also mandatory meetings. With samples.
In between all this, of course, I am shuffling children to various classes and sports practices. With whatever time is left over, I am trying to stuff some Saxon and Sonlight curricula into their brains. Grocery shopping (not with coupons! the boys would beg) and vet trips get squeezed in there somewhere. It’s a real juggling act, and I’m not much of a juggler.
These are good problems to have. It’s been a great year. Words cannot express how grateful I am for the families who realized that the existing school system was failing their children, and in response essentially built their own from scratch. I don’t think I would have survived without the support system they already had in place.
Anyhow, there is a point to my rambling. I say all this to explain why I am stepping away from Da Tech Guy’s blog.
I have enjoyed this opportunity to be a paid writer. I have loved the camaraderie with fellow Magnificent Seven members.
But I’m tired.
In a few months, my husband will begin negotiating for a new set of orders. This will be our last summer in Florida. I’d like to drive around and see some of it while we have the chance. In three months, I’ll be back to signing up for volunteer positions, shuffling the children to various classes and sports, and trying to stuff Saxon and Sonlight into their brains. Experience is teaching me that I need to put more of my creativity into the curricula stuffing, instead of the blogging.
Who knows where the Navy will send us next. Soon, I will need to put more of my time into preparing to move, instead of researching politics.
Thank you Peter, fellow Magnificent Seven writers, and every single reader. You have encouraged and enlightened me. I will still post at my home blog from time to time. And like a bad penny, I may keep turning up here at Da Tech Guy, too.