It’s hard not to notice the jubilation in the air from mom’s everywhere, celebrating the fact that their kids are back to school starting this week.
My kids have been looking forward to this week since June, when school let out. All of a sudden all their favorite places were crowded and overrun with kids who were previously in school. It really cramped their style. “When is school getting back in?” they’d ask over and over while looking despondently at the parking lots full of cars.
Monday we celebrated everyone else’s first day back to school by going to the Rec. Center pool and enjoying the relative peace and quiet. There were a handful of other families there, and we smiled happily at each other while silently saying ‘Isn’t this great?!’
Friday we’ll go to a ‘Not Back to School’ picnic with our fun local homeschooling group, and then maybe play Brain Age on the Wii to ensure our brains aren’t atrophying too much.
It’s a heady time for homeschoolers, when the obvious difference of educational paths is highlighted by a cultural norm that we consciously opt out of. I remember the first time I heard Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”. It was daring, rock ‘n roll, and total counterculture…even though I didn’t know what all that was in 5th grade. It’s kind of like that.
So, just like last year, here’s to another school year–for those who participate in it and for those who opt out. In either case, the goal is the same…the education of our kids. Viva la learning!
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