Thursday, June 22, 2006

a vacation from learning?

How does one spend their second day of summer?
How does one actually order any of their given days?

For many of us, the parameters are a given. It starts with that Great American Tradition: The Commute. Replete with gas in the tank of our shiny cars and a fresh cuppa drive-thru coffee nestled in the convenient plastic cup-holder, our hands guide the wheel to all sorts of places of employment. For others, (and in opinion born of experience, the lucky ones...) the office is as near as the kitchen sink. Okay, the office is the kitchen sink. Or at least the office watering-hole is the kitchen sink!

I am a stay-at-home mom. I am a home-schooling mom. My parameters begin (and generally end) around these mind-boggling callings. For some reason, and I'm not completely sure, this humble blog doesn't dwell on those foundations of my day. Oh, I'm resolutely devoted to them. Anyone traveling through these here parts can tell you. Our curious visitors say,
"Are you still doing school? Public school is already out for the summer." and
"Wouldja look at this chalk-board. Do your kids really do all this reading?" and (my favorite)
"Who makes sure your kids are doing the work?"

Hmmm. That would be me.

My little darlings can attest that they don't get much slack in the academic department. But for all their endearing complaining, I know they secretly appreciate my big stick. Tomorrow is our last scheduled day of school for the season. But, the learning continues. I dipped into the used bookstore recently, and nabbed a lap-full of dog-eared classics for #1 Daughter. Each one is wrapped neatly in colored paper and a satin ribbon, and will be distributed throughout the steamy months of summer. She'll eat them up.
#1 Son will continue to learn small engine repair, thanks to our hobbling collection of lawnmowers. Why rob him of the knowlege by buying anything new? Mom also has plans to pull the Bach Violin Sonatas from the shelf for review purposes. That new bow is gonna get a workout this summer, lessons or no lessons!
Our family also owns 3 other properties that need to be mowed and maintained, besides our own which includes barns, gardens, and manure piles.

Don't feel sorry for the young residents of 3108. Evenings on the boat, ice-cream out, and fun company are sprinkled liberally throughout their summer-lives.

The second day of summer. Bring it on.


Blogger TrashTidBits said...

Evenings on the boat...sounds wonderful. Can I tag along sometime?

8:51 PM  
Anonymous brietta said...

I like your packages of colored paper and satin ribbon. Can I steal that idea for my #1 daughter in years to come? :)

10:00 AM  
Blogger thisrequiresthought said...

do it now!

Ana learned her love for books from the cradle. Many a night, she would read under the covers with a min-flashlight.
How can you punish that kind of offense??

1:22 PM  

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