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Monday, January 24, 2011

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.  ~Lily Tomlin

I think I might Rip Van this year & just sleep it out.Waddaya think?   It's not like I'm not sleep deprived.  A hundred years or so of snuggle~byes is looking mighty good.

See, I don't like having my boat rocked.  It is precariously balanced ~ especially the school boat.  We had a really, really rough time with our umbrella round about grade 4/5.  In fact it was so bad Star has never really recovered.  It was so awful we changed umbrellas.  Dearest insisted on it. 


My Star is beautiful & talented & bright as a button but she is not academic & marches to a different drummer.  I am ok with that.  Really, I am.  What I am not ok with is having to justify our choices to others. The constant explaining.  The never~ending, "But that doesn't work; been there, tried that."  The higher the grade the more likely some *professional* thinks they know better & wants to box my daughter in & from sad experience that  is likely to have unpleasant results.

Now for the last 5 years we have had the same wonderful teacher supervising.  She leaves us alone to get on with it.  She doesn't fuss. She helps if we ask for help; well, she's a math teacher & I've watched Star tie her up in knots but she tries.  We really like her.  Now our umbrella school has gone & changed teachers on us!  I want to lift my muzzle & howl at the horizon.  What I do not want to do is apply my dubious interpersonal social skills to a new supervisor.  A male supervisor.  A left~brained male supervisor.  What on earth is he going to do with 2 right~brained females?!  Definitely not happy.  Not at all.

Some people have issues with God & money.  Will He provide?  Will there be enough for food & bills & money in the plate on Sunday?  Some people have issues with surrendering to God.  What if He asks them to go some place they don't want to go? Do something they don't want to do?  Be more than they think they can be?  Some people have trust issues.  Will God keep their children safe? Protect them from harm?  Save their souls?  I generally manage all of those.  Oh, I might do the occasional song & dance & spit the dummy just for effect but really, them ones are a breeze. Nope, I have issues with the people the Lord brings into my life.  The ones I can't choose.  The ones that get dumped on me.  The ones who are very different to me ~ & I don't do well.  I don't do well at all because my strategy ~ & it is obviously a wonderful strategy because I use it all the time ~ is retreat.  Discretion is the better part of valour.  Maybe I could leave the country? I have a hankering after the Orkney's.  Skara Brae. John O'Groat's.  Anywhere a long, long way away.

Anyone want to offer a temporary home to a stray homeschooler & her recalcitrant child?

14 comments:

Julie said...

I know exactly what you're talking about. The first two daughters in homeschool - schooling wasn't easy but was okay and they manage to have decent memories from it. The third daughter - schooling was not so easy and her memories took a while to heal. :) We have plenty of quiet space for a mother and a daughter here. Come and experience the snow!

seekingmyLord said...

Sometimes God brings a person into you life to help him learn from you, sometimes for you to learn from him, but most times for both to learn from each other...and it is not always comfortable. On the other hand, I am so, so, SO thankful that I do not have to use an umbrella school where I am.

loving, laughing and learning said...

See how scary my daughter was to teach lol, your poor former supervisor was so traumatised she couldn't return lol. I would offer a temporary home only we also have a left~brained male supervisor, whom my darling daughter refers to as her dashing prince lol (reality will hit soon). I just hope he is not averse to breast feeding bubs and babbling little ones as he'll be exposed to both at my place. Don't worry, im sure your old supervisor will inform him of each families habits and personalities which will make it alittle easier. On the plus side star may enjoy the new audience.

Linda said...

I'd love to go to Orkney too, my maiden name is from there, my family.

Ganeida said...

Julie: Snow? Star would go, " Yes! but I'm more, brrrrr.....

Seeking: lol ~ & some just aren't meant to be there. Telling which from what is the trick. As for umbrellas ~ we don't have to have one up here but it is possibly the lesser of available evils as [unless you fly under the radar & be *illegal*] the govt insists on some supervision. Victorians get it best out here.

When we started Dearest wasn't real keen. Now he's on board but he's really conservative & does like the affiliation. I just live with it because I have no choice.

Mrs Bean:Count your blessings! Star is already planning all the ways she can turn this man's head inside out. lol

Come with me. Let's run away together.;P

Anonymous said...

LOL. You get them folks for the same reason I get the fun folks I get -- you are able to meet the challenge and God knows it :-) (At least, that's what I tell myself, during times when my interpersonal skills seem to have deserted me and I am dealing with my definition of scary people.)

A temporary home? Yes. Certainly. Anytime.

Job interview today. Think of me :-)

Siano

Jo said...

My son is in year 12 (about the start) - he is a very poor student - but at least he is at school. I could jump and down on him (but probably get no where) or let him muddle through and pray! I have chosen the later much to the horror of some. Its tough being a parent, all up hill at times and our dear sweet children don't have a clue how much sweat and tears we put into them!

joyfulmum said...

Ganeida I don't have much to say on this except I'm enjoying looking at the recent pictures of you on your blog posts:)

Ganeida said...

Linda: the runaway comment was for you. Sorry.

Siano: Hmm. May land on you yet & then you'll be sorry! ♥

Jo: pretty much sums it up for me too. No point trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Rosemary: you may thank Ember of Kindred of the Quiet Way. ☺ She says how much she enjoys studying her blog friend's faces [& puts up lots of photos for us, which are lovely & which I really enjoy]& I hate having my photo taken & rarely put one up ~ but she made me feel guilty so I've been doing a few more.

seekingmyLord said...

Ember does have a way of doing that, doesn't she? I have not yet succumbed but seeing how much I like it, I suppose I should reciprocate, eh?

Ruby said...

Hey, Ganeida, you might be pleasantly surprised! Give the guy a chance.
(signed Pollyanna ♥)

Ganeida said...

Ruby: hey, you might know him; Andrew Healy?

Ruby said...

Only by reputation :-(
Well, I tried to be Pollyanna....

Ganeida said...

Ruby! You are scaring me!