"So what do you do all day?" "Wow--I could never do that." "What an amazing life your kids must have." Or, the unspoken one, "Why would you do that?" Such are some of the more frequent comments I hear from neighbors, friends, or acquaintances. Once the kids get older, I've noticed that people ask less questions. There seems to be the assumption that "the proof is in the pudding," and if they want to know about homeschooling, just look at Cedar and Lamar.
Which is gratifying--usually--because Cedar and Lamar are delightful--usually--but doesn't actually answer the questions for me. The truth still remains that when a family goes off the beaten track, it is by definition a wild ride. I don't know a single homeschooling family that would not concur with this experience. One day we are squabbling by 8:30 a.m. and I am wondering, "What are we doing here?" Another day, I am teaching myself to draw while Cedar is baking toasted maple-t
amari almonds and getting lost in a biography of Teddy Roosevelt and Lamar is doing handstands to "get her blood moving" to prepare herself for a spelling test and Mark is measuring bolts of cloth for the cockpit cushions, and I think, "Why would we do anything else?"
Recently Mark and the girls have been walking out to the peninsula and taking pictures of our favorite rock in the hopes of seeing what the water levels are doing on Lake Superior. I mean, we could check the charts, but it's much more fun to watch rocks surface or go under as the season progresses.
Also this week we've been out to the sugarbush for the award-winning syrup, managed previously by Phil Cook and now by Jason and Cree Bradley. 2250 trees to tap--that's a lot of trees! Spending a few hours out there is calming and tiring all at once. This was the first year that the girls could really do it; they are good tappers now. There's something so honest about earning our own sweets...another good homeschooling day. We'll see what tomorrow brings.