--- "You can call us quirky, but please don’t call us dumb," Dorian Speed, maybe-temporary homeschooling-mom and always blogger, published my motto for 2012.
--- quirk (kwûrk)
n. 1. A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy: "Every man had his own quirks and twists" (Harriet Beecher Stowe).
2. An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary: a quirk of fate.
3. A sudden sharp turn or twist.
4. An equivocation; a quibble.
5. Architecture A lengthwise groove on a molding between the convex upper part and the soffit.
--- So, we are quirky- definition #1, of course. Is it 'normal' that my homeschoolers look forward to memorizing Modern Middle English/Early Modern English? Last weekend, my two oldest daughters performed in a production of Shakespeare's Winter's Tale. One daughter was Hermione; the other was Camillo. The production was made up of homeschoolers, ages eight to sixteen, who met once a week for seven months to get the play together. It was a joy to see.
--- We are quirky to public schooling friends. The kids cannot imagine what it is like to be around mom and the little ones all day, and the moms cannot imagine taking charge of their kids' education. It is pretty scary, I give you that!
--- I think my older girls feel quirky even to themselves. They know they don't really fit in anywhere. I think my eldest (almost 13) felt a bit relieved when I made her a Google account today. Yes, I know the password. She knows that I will read her stuff before she opens it. But she felt good being able to share her email address with her friends from Shakespeare.
--- I think my kids feel pretty comfortable in their own skins, but again they also betray a bit of pride and relief when they can identify a song by Taylor Swift. They know what Justin Beiber and the Jonas Brothers look like because of the boxes of granola bars that we purchase from the 99 cent store. They have never heard a song by them. We are not classical homeschoolers, but they know old fairy tales (edited by Andrew Lang, please) better than the newest YA novels. There is time for all that is good and true.
--- I think it might be easier to be either Amish-like, completely shut off from the secular world, or totally worldly, allowing my daughters to play video games and watch normal television like Glee and watch PG-13 rated movies. On this impossible tightrope of the balance I am seeking, we are quirky to the 'Amish' and to the normal people. My girls dance ballet, sometimes listen to Elton John or The Monkees and wear jeans occasionally. They know the difference between John Lennon's and Paul McCartney's voices. This is just not acceptable for some. But we're fasting from meat and going to church a lot. My daughters can cantor, but not serve at the altar, a bi-lingual Liturgy. We homeschool and hang out with each other. Now that is quirky.
--- It will be interesting to see how this all works out. Motherhood is always a bit of an experiment.But no matter what and however my children will be angry with me when they are grown, if they are honest with themselves, they will know my intentions were good.
--- Dorian also says, and I so very much agree that in homeschooling "We're not afraid of the world - rather, we venture into it together with our children."
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