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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Saturday, June 10, 2006

High school friend

It's not often we maintain high school friendships over the long-term. It's even more rare to have a lot in common with an old high school friend. Even more rare, is lifestyles in common. I have TWO such friends.
They're both in Alaska still. They both homeschool and believe in gentle parenting. I got an email from one of them today and thought it was just such a nice reminder of how to handle daily stresses. Her husband is a geologist that is in demand these days, so she doesn't always have help at home. Her boys are more involved in activities this summer and she's trying to adapt to schedules and packing lunches, which isn't part of their regular homeschooling lifestyle (very laid back). Here's a sweet excerpt:

Derek is sitting on the bed (NAKED)  slow..ly putting on his sock and reading a comic, when we need to leave 5 minutes ago...the only way I could keep from freaking out was to start singing, "It's the end of the world as we know it.... it's the end of the world as we know it....and I feel fine...." while I threw his shirt on him. Now we know what they guy was thinking when he made up that song! He was stressed out about getting somewhere on time and realized in the broad scheme of things, it really doesn't matter.

Nope, it really doesn't matter. But the relationships we build with our children and loved ones are everything in this life. I appreciate having friends that understand this.


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