but I’m not (obviously).
I haven’t felt much like writing out loud…as in on this blog where people can read about me and my life.
I’ve been writing in my head a lot. Trying to make sense of the events that have happened and are about to happen.
Nothing tragic or serious. Nobody has died or been diagnosed with a terrible illness. Just normal life events, but they seem to be happening too frequently for me to handle them.
I feel weak and unstable and lost. I’m crying a lot. About nothing. And everything.
I’m crying now. Writing things down (out loud) makes them real. And hard. And life-changing.
I’ve thought a lot about how to share the stories that have unfolded during the time I haven’t been writing. There are 3 distinct narratives and I shall share them in the upcoming days and together we shall make sense of this crazy unpredictable thing we call life.
The Youngest Child
Tomorrow, my youngest daughter, will go to take a placement test prior to starting school on the 8th of August. No big deal, right? She’s 12 and will be entering the 6th grade at a private school – the same school that I taught art at last year.
Except it is a big deal. I’ve been homeschooling for over twenty years. Her older sisters were home-schooled almost their entire lives except for Pre-K and 1st grade respectively. Her older brother never attended school.
Life changes though. She’s the last one at home and is lonely. The home-school group we belong to is mostly younger kids. We live out in the middle of nowhere and friends are few and far between.
It’s the right thing to do. She’s going to love it. Her uniforms and books are bought. School supplies are ready. She’ll attend school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for classroom lessons. We’ll still home-school some on Tuesday and Thursday. The best of both worlds. We’ll still spend time together and she’ll make new friends. I’ll have a little time to myself…
for the first time in 20 years. A lot of who I understand myself to be is wrapped up in home-schooling. I think that it’s true that in committing to raising children we lose a little bit of who we are.
Part of me feels like I’m quitting or giving up…like I’m failing for giving up home-schooling. I know in my head that this is untrue. I’ve always tried to do what’s best for my kids. Now, attending school is what’s best for this child.
It’s change. I’m not always comfortable with change…okay, I’m never comfortable with change. I’m trying to celebrate not having to write lesson plans or set up a classroom. I’m thinking about things I might do in my free days. Who knows, I could even clean house!
See what I mean? It’s not really a big deal, right? Except it is – to me. And there is still story #2 and #3.
Stay tuned..I gotta go and stop the new dog from eating more glitter. That’s a spoiler for story #2. Not that the dog is eating glitter, but that there is a dog to eat glitter because Matilda, the basset dog and Abbey, the bagel dog may steal food left and right, but they would never eat glitter.