Home Education Week: April Fool’s!
Today we continue to celebrate Home Education Week with Dana of Principled Discovery who asks:
And we have likely all felt the fool in one way or another. Share your greatest challenge. Or one of those terrible, horrible no good, very bad days where the only thing there is to do seems to involve moving to Australia.
I don’t have any big humorous situations or stories to tell though we have had a few embarrassing ones. We have several challenges specific to our family that have made things interesting and leant to some terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.
The only embarrassing story that comes to mind was one day when we were waiting for our car to be fixed on a school day and a random stranger started asking way too many questions of myself and the kids about our school day. Keep in mind I have dysgraphia and dyscalculia and my oldest has dyslexia and dysgraphia. This random stranger started asking her all sorts of math questions of the sort that she has to see to get (and I have to see them to understand them as well.) Plus this was a random stranger and we were already having a very rough day since we were supposed to be visiting my grandmother and the car had broken down on the way. So add nervousness and general unhappiness to the mix and neither of us could answer any of his questions and boy was he persistent–in a way that he would never be with someone who was public schooled. It was horrible and awkward and I hated that we left this random person with such a horrible view of homeschooling. Yuck.
In general however our worst days are when Rachel has a bad day. She struggles with several neurological disorders and severe food allergies and some days are just really, really rough for her which means they are rough for us. She takes Omega 3 and magnesium which help a lot and the days she forgets are probably the very worst. Constant temper tantrums make those days a struggle and put everyone out of alignment.
Don’t you love those random pop quizzes? NOT!
Don’t think of that event as giving someone a horrible view of homeschooling. Think of it as that man giving your kids a horrible view of rude people.
I have quite a repertoire of snarky things to say when people start quizzing me or my kids. You can borrow them sometime if you like.:D
BTW, the paintings are GORGEOUS.
Why are people so rude?! Sunniemom, I’d like to see that list.
I haven’t for the life of me figured out why strangers feel the need to invade our life. I did get a little anxious one day when we ran into the vice principal of the Jr. High on a day Marissa had an appointment and we decided to go out to lunch. I felt guilty not being at home with my nose to the grindstone. But, if the truth be known, even when she was in school, if she had had an appointment near lunch time I would have taken her to eat before sending her back to school too.
Wonder how well he would have done in a pop quiz from you? I agree, yuck. But you did not give him his view of homeschooling. His presuppositions were already formed.
I’ve got to agree with the other commenters; he was rude and he already had an idea of what he thought of homeschoolers. We should make up a pop quiz for people like that; let’s add it to the bitter homeschoolers’ wish list!
I prayed for your days…
Thanks for sharing your stories this week, it’s been fun getting to know you and your family. And thanks for stopping by my posts, too!
I am so sorry you had to endure such a rude person.
Thankfully, most people I have met (who do comment) are positive.
Thanks for sharing.
the stranger was flat out rude. it was not your responsibility to give him a good view of homeschooling … it was his responsibility to be a mature, considerate, citizen.