With my son graduating this year and my daughter graduating next, the end of my years as a homeschool mom are fast approaching.
But people keep asking me "What are you going to do when the kids are gone?".... in a response, I do a little dance.
Aren't you sad, they say... NO I reply.
But your kids are leaving they say... I reply with a big grin.
It's not like I am glad that my kids are leaving me soon and it's not like I am glad homeschooling is almost over. It's just that I am just so darned proud of them and excited for them.
I also don't want to steal their thunder.
You see, my mom (God rest her soul), had trouble letting go. She raised 9 kids, 4 of whom she gave birth to and every time it was time for someone to fly the nest she became, angry, bitter, and argumentative. She made leaving home difficult and stressful. I am not going there. I am going to set my kids free when they are ready and be here if they need me, both with a cheerful attitude.
I am also going to rely on sage advice and prepare to chart a course for myself, (which I believe is in helping drop-outs get into college through homeschooling... just haven't figured out how to proceed yet.)
So while on the inside, I kinda feel like that lady in the Verizon cell phone commercial, I am also celebrating their accomplishments and will continue to be their biggest fan and cheerleader, where ever that may take them.
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