This week’s podcast over at Straddle Parenting closes out our series on Homeschooling Fathers with a discussion about purpose, planning, and why you shouldn’t invest in a pricey curriculum package with the assumption that each one of your kids will use it.
It’s true: you don’t have to live on a farm to tangle with a skunk. But in 21 years of marriage (next weekend) and four dogs, this was our first run-in.
Chances are good if you attend church regularly, you’ve met a missionary family. And chances are even better that they’ve asked you for financial support.
You live your whole life thinking you’re a pretty normal, middle class, socially acceptable kind of person.
Then you one day you look up from your scones and coffee and realize that your kids are firing rocks at squirrels through an open window.
Add this to the list of things you don’t consider in that moment when you find yourself anticipating a new life: someday, most likely, that kid is going to drive.
The two lines weren’t supposed to be there. You took the test on a whim. If anything, you thought, Murphy’s Law would come into play and you’d start your period as you were waiting for the seconds to tick by on the timer.
One of the projects I was most excited about this summer is one of those purely delight-driven, purely fanciful little endeavors that make the best kind of memories: a sunflower house. We attempted one once, years ago, in Washington. I probably should have just hand-fed sprouts to the slugs for all the good it did me. I think we grew three sunflowers that year, which was lovely, but it wasn’t a house. It didn’t create the sweet little hideaway I had hoped for. Call me a pessimist, but I never tried again.
Work while you work.
Play while you play.
This is the way
to be happy and gay.
One thing at a time.
And done well.
Is the best of rules,
As many can tell.
So, work while you work,
And play while you play.
–English nursery rhyme
One of the unexpected blessings of family photo accounts is that you never quite know what you might get when you open your app. Over the years, I’ve been met with myriad shots of interesting insects, countless selfies, and more than a few videos of kids riding, scooting, crawling, jumping, dancing, or otherwise doing something deemed noteworthy by some random family member. It’s fun, usually, to see snippets of daily life I missed right here under my roof through the eyes of my husband or kids.
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We’re shifting gears here, moving into the new rhythm that will define our summer months here on the farm. Priorities are shifting, the things that claim the bulk of our time are changing.