As I negotiated the back-ups on the M25, a narrowly missed pile up and flashing blue lights up my arse I was thinking about how the little girl I once had learning at home full time is now miles away from it. She’s grown into the brave and beautiful young lady I’ve just stayed with, who is now working hard and paying her own bills, getting involved in lots of projects and enjoying a pulsing social life.
And I’d never have envisioned, as we worried about maths and English and the implications of not going to school, this independent young lady who’s a whole era away from home education now making her way in the world, where whether you went to school or not is completely irrelevant. Except perhaps for people occasionally observing your education must have been a good one.
While I’ve been away catching up with this one my other little home schooler rang to tell me that she’d had her final offer from university so now she’d got offers from all the ones she interviewed at.
And at the risk of taking a fall I think I might be a little bit proud of these lovely young people and what they are doing now, especially after all the scepticism that came our way when we announced our decision to homeschool. Not to mention parried the judgemental remarks and comments about being tied to apron strings.
So I’ve been thinking about any new home schooling families reading this and thought I’d mention that those little children at home with you now will one day be doing something similar to mine. Imagine that! And you may also grow to know that a good education is far less about maths and English or any academic stuff really for most of the time, as I’ve talked about many times on this blog, and far more about nurturing a mindful and caring person.
And as for apron strings; they really have nothing to do with it.