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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, April 05, 2008

Just hangin'...

Last week we had an unexpected meeting of friends. It started out with a plan to have Alice's crew come visit for the afternoon. They've purchased a home in Asheville that is eventually going to be their retirement home (hopefully in the next year or so) and they get to come visit frequently now. For those that don't know, she is the very first real-life unschooler I ever met...back in Pensacola where we first got to be friends with her family many years ago.

It's amazing how sweet and fun Jake is with his much younger friend Jalen. I think there may be some hero worship going on in Jalen's world. How many teens would truly befriend a 7 y.o. boy? Gotta love unschoolers.

We were just hanging out and chatting when we got a phone call from Jessica who was having a minor beekeeping emergency. Alice, Sierra and I drove the three miles down the road to take a veil to her and in the process stole her sweet daughter for a few hours.:)

The kids all love our silly little rabbit Tica. Mostly because she'll eat all the dandelions they pick for her. At some point in the day, Jessica came to fetch her runaway child and brought Tyler along...more friends to hang out with. Then Mary called; John was visiting from Kentucky so even more friends came over.

It was a big hang-out-talking-jumping-feeding-the-rabbit kind of day that happened serendipitously. Very nice. I feel very fortunate to be exactly where I need to be.:)


Blogger Karen said...

The ~~best~~ kind of day, I find. The days that turn out to be better than anything you could have planned. Thanks for sharing it with us!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Another Reason I Don't Keep a Gun in the House
by Billy Collins
The neighbors' dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.

The neighbors' dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven had included a part for barking dog.

When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is entreating him with his baton

while the other musicians listen in respectful silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius.

Ren, Thank you for your help and hospitality on "bee day". The kids loved playing and it was great to have someone to freak out to. Thanks for the moral support! Love the pics. Jessica

The poem is for you to share with the german sheppard neighbors!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Snavleys said...

There are a few of us missing from the perfect picture;) Just kidding, well not really but......
I love days like that......"exactly where I need to be". I miss you guys!!

1:08 PM  

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