Have you ever woken up and realized that you have “arrived”? What happens if you realize your destination is not really where you want to be? You set things in motion – often times many years prior – and one day you wake up with everything you’ve ever wanted but knowing something about picture is wrong. Do you stay on the path or do you take the road less traveled? If you are me you take the road less traveled.
I've always taken the road less traveled. It's in my nature and most likely in my DNA. When our children became school-aged, we knew (for many reasons) that public school was not the path we would be setting them on. Our son was enrolled in a Waldorf school and remained there through 5th grade (talk about a road less traveled!). Our daughter began there in a two-day per week preschool program and then WAS transitioned to public school during the middle of her kindergarten year.
How we came to this point with our children's education is a long story. It all began about 20 years ago when I sat in my college advisor’s office. She asked me what career I saw myself in and I said “non-profit fundraising”. Yep. True story. A year half ago I remembered that conversation and was reminded that I am capable of manifesting anything in my life (it’s sort of the whole “be careful what you wish for” idea). When the call came to work as a fundraiser for an organization I had volunteered with for several years (that also happened to be my kid’s school), to be honest, I hesitated greatly. I did not apply for this job- I had applied for another. It was quite a daunting task to raise money in a Waldorf school. I took the leap. But, something continued to nag at me.
By the end of the school year I relocated my children, one who had been at the school for seven years, to other fine educational establishments. The organization went through significant growing pains and I made the decision to stick around one more year to help them ease into the next phase. By Christmas I realized I should have considered other options. But, had I done that, had I not stayed through the year – this year – we might not have come to the wonderful place we are as a family.
You see, we have decided to take back our family. I am ending my commute. The kids are giving up the uniforms. Though Nathan will still be making that daily trek, he’ll be much less rushed. WE. ARE. HOME. SCHOOLING. There. I said it!
So, if you see us out and about, no, we are not playing hooky, no one is sick. We simply have taken down the walls of the classroom and expanded our thoughts on education.
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