The Inevitable

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We don’t get to decide which things will mean the most to us, or be held in our heart as symbols. Sometimes we know, in the moment, that this thing we’re seeing will stay with us forever. Or we receive a gift, or hear a song, and know it will be linked, always, to a place and a time, or even a feeling. But to choose it in advance? It’s a haphazard thing, not an art at all. Meaning comes with time, and only time can give it the richness our heart wants to hold.

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Why Homeschool? To Be The One to Introduce the Ugly Parts of History

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We’re in the midst of the American Civil War, the littles and I. It’s a nasty, ugly milestone in history that feels even more poignant in this particular space in time, not to mention place. The last time I tackled the subject in our little homeschool, we lived in far-removed Washington, and my children had never heard friends, in passing, refer to The War of Northern Aggression,  or The War for Southern Independence. It was the Civil War, or maybe The War Between the States. There were no Confederate battle flags flying on the route to the grocery store, no markers by the sides of the road memorializing the garrisoning of troops. The whole thing felt less personal, though no less tragic.

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Where is Tigger?

“I’m Pooh,” said Pooh. 
“I’m Tigger,” said Tigger. —A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

 

Squeals of delight.

Dad has been reading A.A. Milne’s beloved Winnie the Pooh stories to my younger siblings for the past few weeks, just like he did with me and Jack. Though the tales have been enjoyed by all (even me, listening in as I wash dishes) there has been one fateful question asked every night.

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That’s Phineas

It’s only Wednesday, but already it’s been a tough week for Phineas. Come to think of it, last week wasn’t so great either.

It feels like everywhere he turns lately, he’s pushing the limits, and not necessarily in a Chuck Yeager “I’m gonna break the sound barrier” kind of way. He’s been obstinate, disobedient, just down right naughty. Continue reading