It's been over two years since we were active homeschoolers, and I still find it creeping into my thoughts, my conversations, and my life.
Take for instance, the young man who showed us our NYC apartment. He mentioned that he needed to get his kid out of public schools, and off the conversation went into the land of homeschooling. Hubby, actually needed to be held back. He really feels it is the only way to go. I could tell however, that this young man and his wife were both working outside the home and neither were in a position to pull back and to deal with all the restrictions, rules, and regulations of a NYC homeschooler... I although I did mention that the laws were much more lax in Jersey, right across the river.
We talked about successes, things I would differently if I had to do over, and so much more. We ended up taking the appointment, but the conversation was all about homeschooling. Go figure.
Then there's the fact that people ask me about my kids. I give ages, and most moms do. Then I give years in college because people always want to know what young adults are up to... and then I have to explain why someone who is still 18 just completed her Sophomore year of college. Homeschooling, of course. I'm sure there are numerous other reasons, but in our case, the answer is homeschooling.
I test myself sometimes to see how long I can go without mentioning homeschooling. It amazes me how much education in general comes up in polite conversation! And then there's just the times that homeschooling just invades my mind and heart when I hear a story about some kind of school mistreatment. The parent who was arrested because her child had more sick days than allowed... the child how got handcuffed, for being a child. The black boys who get suspended way more than the other kids for the same reason... It breaks my heart. I know that homeschooling really is the answer to many of these atrocities, but poverty, and single parenthood, and other issues can make it near impossible. My heart bleeds for these families.
There has got to be a way to help enable people who want to homeschool who can't. My wheels are always turning.