23. Some Reasons I Love Homeschooling

The past three weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster around here.  We listed the house, spent seven days keeping it showplace-perfect for realtors and their clients to view, accepted a cash offer with a 14-day close, booked a moving company,  had the offer pulled 24 hours later, entered into contract with a second offer five (very long) hours after that, re-booked the mover, continued to keep the house showplace-perfect while the buyer and his realtor conducted their many inspections (termite, drain, sewer, roof, etc.).  As I write this, I have an hour and a half to get dressed, clean the house…again, and get the kids and dog out of the house in time for the fourth (and second-to-last, I hope) inspection.  It’s all quite unsettling (but exciting, too, if I try to focus past the present and into the future).

Homeschooling has been a blessing to me through this process.  Among other things, it has offered me:

1.  Mobility:  I don’t think I’d feel as free to move to the city if I were worried about schools.  I’m sure there are great schools in San Francisco.  I’m also sure they’re not cheap.

2.  Grounding:  The kids’ education is always my first priority.  It’s my job and my passion.  So, it’s been a welcome distraction from my concerns about the house.  It reminds me every day why we are making this life change and why the temporary tumult and stress are worthwhile.

3.  Flexibility:  Between house showings and inspections, we’ve had to be out of the house for hours at a time.  So, we’ve spent several mornings doing lessons at local bakeries and coffee shops.  Generally, we only do this change of venue on holidays; so the kids have really enjoyed these past weeks.  (It hasn’t been terrible for me either).

One of the main reasons we started homeschooling is that it offered consistency when other aspects of Ashby’s life were changing.  Now, five years later, it’s doing the same for the kids and for me.  Granted,  today’s changes are intentional and aimed at bringing our family closer.  But, the journey to that goal feels a lot like swimming through open waters in the dark.  Homeschooling is my life preserver.

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