It was a golden afternoon many years ago. We had stopped for our daily tea and conversation break in the middle of a busy homeschool day. As my gangly pre-teen son left the room, he tossed over his shoulder, “I’m off to think great thoughts and learn interesting things!” Although a lighthearted comment, he was very much in earnest.
Even though our schooling was rigorous and our college goals were high, I was never willing to lose the wonder that should be the heart of any educational endeavor. In my mind, to lose the wonder would be to lose the point of it all.
Yes, my kids were heavily invested in AP classes. Yes, they were busy prepping for standardized tests. Yes, they were pursuing meaningful activities. But, we never failed to have a fabulous read-aloud book in progress. There were some classes that were pursued for just for love. I protected my daughter’s time to lounge in the hammock and read. I safeguarded my son’s long stretches of “think time” while he was wrestling with a science problem that mattered to him. We were ruthless when pruning the calendar in order leave margin in our lives.
Great thoughts and interesting things cannot be rushed. They need time and space to flower. Just like our children.
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