I've seen some fantastic photos on Facebook this past week of my friends' kids wearing their backpacks and climbing on school buses- big smiles on their faces. I've been reading so many posts about how moms can not wait for school to start so they can enjoy a clean, quiet house and a cup of coffee.
We've homeschooled right from the starting block. I've never experienced the silence—the peace and tranquility of a morning to myself with a newspaper and a cup of coffee. I don't know what it is like to clean the house in the morning and have it remain clean until the kids get off the school bus in the afternoon.
What I do know, is a house that is always filled with activity and multitasking. Whether it's me kneading bread while going over spelling words, running back and forth between rooms answering school questions while wearing yellow rubber cleaning gloves or holding my youngest in my lap while another child reads aloud to me—that is my day. I clean the house (mopping floors, vacuuming, picking up toys, wiping down counter tops) every morning and I do it again in the afternoon and again in the evening. I play judge and juror all day long. I grade homework while chopping onions for dinner.
My work never, ever, ends (and I know that can be said for every mom.)
But I'm not complaining. I wouldn't give up this time I have with them for anything. It has been the hardest job I have ever undertook, but I'm up for the challenge.
So while I'm enjoying all the back to school photos from my friends, I thought I'd share of few of mine.
Our first day "back to school" was spent at the park with a few other homeschool friends. We had a picnic, went on a hike, climbed some trees and dissected an owl pellet.
So no, you won't see any cute backpack photos here. You'll just see my son dissecting some gnarly masses of bone, feathers, hair, teeth and exoskeletons of mice, moles and shrews that were regurgitated by an owl.
(Cool and gross... right?)
And no walking up the school bus steps, just walking along stones in a creek.
But I'd say the year is starting off on the right foot.
Enjoy your school year and the peace and/or chaos that fills your day.
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