As parents do, they chatter. They wanted to know more about me, how I came to costuming a public school show and then asked about my own kids... and then... dun dun dun.... homeschooling.
It's hard to talk about my kids without mentioning homeschooling, it is a large part of who they are. It explains why my daughter is my business partner at 21 and not in college because she is done.
I will tell you this though, the further homeschooling is in the past the easier it is to talk about. Also, it seems that people are much, much more open to it. Even public school parents. It is, however, a fine line to walk because it is human nature to feel judgment about your decisions when you are faced with someone who rejects it. It is always the hardest part of being the lone homeschooler in the room with public school parents, someone often feels judged, just because you didn't do the thing that they are doing. Maybe they wish they did do it? Who knows? I just know that emotion exists, I can't quite figure out where it comes from.
All in all, the questions still are:
Why did you homeschool?
I could never homeschool. (I realize this isn't a question, but it kinda is.)
Do you really think that everyone can homeschool?
I guess I am a pro at this conversation.
I homeschooled because my kids were in bad shape emotionally and needed to be pulled out of school.
I didn't think I could either, but when necessity hit, I figured it out.
NO... not everyone can homeschool, but everyone should approach their kids education as if they are homeschooling because at the end of the day, it is the parent's job to make sure the kid is educated. With this group, that last statement is a no-brainer. They really are ON IT!! They are IN IT! They are involved and taking ownership. Can't ask for anything more.
And with that, here are some more distanced grainy photos of our costume job (not my children).