A Bad Penny

by Linda Szugyi | May 12th, 2014

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A Bad Penny

LindaThe 201314 school year is offi­cially over in our house­hold. One of the unex­pected perks of home­school­ing has been the change in my view of sum­mer break. Instead of oh no what am I going to do with the kids all sum­mer, I feel more like thank good­ness I can do things other than school with the kids all summer.

I’ve heard folks refer to our sub­urb of Tampa as “Dis­ney World for home­school­ers,” and man they aren’t kid­ding. It’s dizzy­ing, the num­ber of home­school groups and classes avail­able. Feel­ing blessed to be here, I threw myself into the com­mu­nity whole­heart­edly. Sure, I can be Box Top coor­di­na­tor. Yes, I’ll help run Older Son’s bas­ket­ball team. Let’s orga­nize a field trip to the his­tory museum where Older Son vol­un­teers. Say, let’s try being a craft leader!

The last one is espe­cially funny because I am about as crafty as dirt. It’s hard to remem­ber now, but I think at sign-​up my thought process went some­thing like this: I remem­ber the craft tables at the par­ties last year. They are quick stops for the kids if they are actu­ally idle enough for a lit­tle busy work. I can do that.

Turns out, the kind of ladies that tend to sign up for crafts are the ones that actu­ally, you know, enjoy doing crafts. These Martha Stew­arts are nice enough, but they expect a great deal of fore­thought and prepa­ra­tion. Also manda­tory meet­ings. With samples.

In between all this, of course, I am shuf­fling chil­dren to var­i­ous classes and sports prac­tices. With what­ever time is left over, I am try­ing to stuff some Saxon and Son­light cur­ric­ula into their brains. Gro­cery shop­ping (not with coupons! the boys would beg) and vet trips get squeezed in there some­where. It’s a real jug­gling act, and I’m not much of a juggler.

These are good prob­lems to have. It’s been a great year. Words can­not express how grate­ful I am for the fam­i­lies who real­ized that the exist­ing school sys­tem was fail­ing their chil­dren, and in response essen­tially built their own from scratch. I don’t think I would have sur­vived with­out the sup­port sys­tem they already had in place.

Any­how, there is a point to my ram­bling. I say all this to explain why I am step­ping away from Da Tech Guy’s blog.

I’m tired.

I have enjoyed this oppor­tu­nity to be a paid writer. I have loved the cama­raderie with fel­low Mag­nif­i­cent Seven members.

But I’m tired.

In a few months, my hus­band will begin nego­ti­at­ing for a new set of orders. This will be our last sum­mer in Florida. I’d like to drive around and see some of it while we have the chance. In three months, I’ll be back to sign­ing up for vol­un­teer posi­tions, shuf­fling the chil­dren to var­i­ous classes and sports, and try­ing to stuff Saxon and Son­light into their brains. Expe­ri­ence is teach­ing me that I need to put more of my cre­ativ­ity into the cur­ric­ula stuff­ing, instead of the blogging.

Who knows where the Navy will send us next. Soon, I will need to put more of my time into prepar­ing to move, instead of research­ing politics.

Thank you Peter, fel­low Mag­nif­i­cent Seven writ­ers, and every sin­gle reader. You have encour­aged and enlight­ened me. I will still post at my home blog from time to time. And like a bad penny, I may keep turn­ing up here at Da Tech Guy, too.

LindaThe 2013-14 school year is officially over in our household.  One of the unexpected perks of homeschooling has been the change in my view of summer break.  Instead of oh no what am I going to do with the kids all summer, I feel more like thank goodness I can do things other than school with the kids all summer. 

I’ve heard folks refer to our suburb of Tampa as “Disney World for homeschoolers,” and man they aren’t kidding.  It’s dizzying, the number of homeschool groups and classes available.  Feeling blessed to be here, I threw myself into the community wholeheartedly.  Sure, I can be Box Top coordinator.  Yes, I’ll help run Older Son’s basketball team.  Let’s organize a field trip to the history museum where Older Son volunteers.  Say, let’s try being a craft leader!

The last one is especially funny because I am about as crafty as dirt.  It’s hard to remember now, but I think at sign-up my thought process went something like this:  I remember the craft tables at the parties last year.  They are quick stops for the kids if they are actually idle enough for a little busy work.  I can do that.

Turns out, the kind of ladies that tend to sign up for crafts are the ones that actually, you know, enjoy doing crafts.  These Martha Stewarts are nice enough, but they expect a great deal of forethought and preparation.  Also mandatory meetings.  With samples.

In between all this, of course, I am shuffling children to various classes and sports practices.  With whatever time is left over, I am trying to stuff some Saxon and Sonlight curricula into their brains.  Grocery shopping (not with coupons! the boys would beg) and vet trips get squeezed in there somewhere.  It’s a real juggling act, and I’m not much of a juggler.

These are good problems to have.  It’s been a great year.  Words cannot express how grateful I am for the families who realized that the existing school system was failing their children, and in response essentially built their own from scratch.  I don’t think I would have survived without the support system they already had in place.

Anyhow, there is a point to my rambling.  I say all this to explain why I am stepping away from Da Tech Guy’s blog.

I’m tired.

I have enjoyed this opportunity to be a paid writer.  I have loved the camaraderie with fellow Magnificent Seven members.

But I’m tired.

In a few months, my husband will begin negotiating for a new set of orders.  This will be our last summer in Florida.  I’d like to drive around and see some of it while we have the chance.  In three months, I’ll be back to signing up for volunteer positions, shuffling the children to various classes and sports, and trying to stuff Saxon and Sonlight into their brains.  Experience is teaching me that I need to put more of my creativity into the curricula stuffing, instead of the blogging.

Who knows where the Navy will send us next.  Soon, I will need to put more of my time into preparing to move, instead of researching politics.

Thank you Peter, fellow Magnificent Seven writers, and every single reader.  You have encouraged and enlightened me.  I will still post at my home blog from time to time.  And like a bad penny, I may keep turning up here at Da Tech Guy, too.

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