Last week I received some great reminders. The kids and I had two really wonderful mornings. They just felt different, and better. Those two mornings were spent reading, talking, connecting, and enjoying each other. It is how imagine our ideal “homeschool.” The day pictured below, we brought our book outside and sat in the front yard. It was a really neat 50 year old copy of “Grimms’s Fairy Tales.” We read fairy tales with our chickens pecking and scratching around us. We picked dandelions and discussed the different versions of fairy tales we have recently been exploring.
It was wonderful. We discussed where stories come from, perspective, story elements (chracarters, settings, plot), and staying true to your heart.
I realized why this felt different. We have not been doing enough of the things that bring us joy. We have been doing schoolwork and to do lists, but I couldn’t remember the last time we had a day like this. Probably because there wasn’t any to recall. We have been out of alignment for far too long. It was clear that what we have been doing is not in alignment with our philosophies and goals. So I am pledging to do more of what I love, more of what brings me joy, and sharing that with my children. I will let my children explore and express their joys as well. Less of what I think we should be doing and more following our hearts.
A verse from The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin came to mind:
“Don’t mistake your desire to talk for their
readiness to listen.
Far more important are the wordless truths they
learn from you.
If you take delight in the ordinary wonders of life,
they will feel the depth of your pleasure
and learn to experience joy.”