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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

What are you going to do when the kids are gone?

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.


1 comment:

Happy Elf Mom said...

Whoa, you'd think with nine kids she'd be like, woot! SPACE in my house! That's where I am with my oldest two anyway. :)