One of the biggest reasons I didn’t want to move from my home in Colorado wasn’t because I didn’t want to sell my stuff off, or move out of my wonderful house, or change everything in my life….although those were big reasons! But the biggest reason was I didn’t want to leave my network of crazy awesome friends. The women who I met when I was barely a homeschooler and who helped and encouraged me to find my own way with my kids. These women are warriors…intuitive, deliberate, intensely curious and always moving in their own direction. When I left, they toasted me on our last get together by saying, “May you be happy on whatever roads life takes you down!”
It’s interesting that ‘socialization’ is always a question in people’s minds when it comes to homeschooling, because I’ve found that it is the most important resource to homeschoolers in general…and unschoolers in particular. We’re always on the lookout for programs, information, activities, and groups to join since that is how we gather our experiences and learning. Unschooling really is so globally and communally based.
I anticipated it would take a while before I found my people here, and I didn’t like that.
But imagine my surprise when the opposite happened. All because of the virtual communities of flickr and twitter, of all places!
There is still a general distrust of virtual based relationships, at least to the real life people who learn that many of my first ‘dates’ while being in this new state are with people I’ve only met online. So far, I’ve found only great people and had only fantastic times! And contrary to the point that virtual relationships are insulating people from real connections, I’ve discovered so many amazing people to meet up with that I never would have met or learned about in any other way.
I had already been following Amanda on Twitter, and so by the time we met I knew I liked her viewpoints and ideas. She was totally cool, our energy and humor matched well and we spent a great day at the zoo.
It was one of those days where each of our kids had something going on…Golfer was hungry, cranky, and quiet while Sassy just wanted dippin dots. Amanda’s boys were energetic and free (LOL) and honestly we didn’t see many animals while there. We did eat at many food stands and take the tram and found a playground, though!
Trying to meet everyone’s needs tasked both of us mama’s up most of the day, so we juggled dealing with the kids while trying to learn more about each other.
We walked on a lot of paths, too, with lots of school kids on a field trip. We watched in amazement at the difference our kids experience there was vs. the school kids. It’s hard not to look at masses of kids holding on to ropes and walking in lines and being told not to be noisy, and not feel sad in comparison with our wild and crazy kids running around being animals (literally, at one point Sassy and her youngest both turned in to pretend dogs). I also have a soft spot in my heart for the kids who are put on those tether backpacks with leashes connecting them to their mom or dad.
The day went by much too quickly, I’m looking forward to meeting up with her and her boys at her local unschooling play group on Friday!
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