Sometimes I worry that children who homeschool have to wait to see their friends. They don’t have 5 min to chat in homeroom or while they are rushing to lockers to switch out books. They don’t have gym class together or eat in the cafeteria. They don’t ride a school bus or walk to and from school. I worry sometimes if they feel lonely or if they need the frenetic energy that comes from being inside a school building with hundreds of children. But then I read that the Middle School my daughter would be attending was in lockdown this month because 4 ignorant people were in the field behind the school with air soft guns. They were taken into custody. As we all know, lockdowns are a necessary drill, right alongside fire drills, but I will never ever forget the stress and anxiety the practices created for my children when they were in school. I cannot even imagine what the real deal would do to their well-being. I am grateful we homeschool.
I worry that my children had a cataclysmic falling out with their best friends and right now feel like they are searching a bit to belong. Not so much Lilah, my child who had no true friends in school, but is now is blessed with many. But my oldest baby... I worry. Her friends are older and very busy, as is she. It is hard to see them as often as she would like. I know the feeling, I miss visiting with their Moms too! I am grateful that we call and email to keep in touch so that not a week goes by where we do not see our friends, either through art journaling, writer's workshop, dress design, skating, family dinners, or simply just play time. I am so grateful that she has a very dear friend and neighbor who knocks on our door as soon as her homework is done. They have been friends for years and they are growing into beautiful young ladies. When she is feeling lonely, company is just a phone call and a 30 second walk away. I am grateful we live in a neighborhood.
|Being silly with friends!|
|Winter knitting with friends.|
|Working on the LCC blog with friends.|
|Baking with friends.|
|Discovering a new talent with friends.|
There are times when I want to move away from this neighborhood to a place with more land, dark skies and quiet sounds of nature. When the need to connect with the outdoors gets to us, we have plenty of choices. We take the time to drive to the Northwest Hills, to a quiet farm with two bridges where the chickens greet you and a friendly welcoming smile receives you. This is good for the soul. I am grateful my friends open their home and their farm to us.
|Lilah took this picture. She is developing her photography skills. |
Friends shared their new bunnies with us for the day!