Normally one of the best things about unschooling/homeschooling is that we never have to be anywhere before 10am unless we decide to, and we make the most of that fact. My 4 and 6 yr olds absolutely hate going out, regardless of the time, but usually they like a quiet few hours, and heading out no earlier than late morning.
I decided to home-school because when I trialled my eldest in day care shortly after my youngest was born, he found it very traumatic, and the doubts I had about school being suitable for him only grew. Over time we moved into an unschooling approach as a whole family unit.
But the other morning, we decided to go out early. The coffee shop that I wanted to go to opened at 8am and we were actually too early, and had time to go to the bakery on the next block to grab some food.
By 8:30 we were sitting down in the café, with orange hot chocolates for the kids, and coffee for me. My youngest had a blast drinking his hot chocolate, and watching Go Diego Go on the portable DVD player with headphones. (And a part of me revelled in not having to listen to Diego’s annoying voice.)
My eldest had started telling me about the things he wants to invent when he’s “grown up” and one of the most realistic ideas involves a robotic owl that can fly and deliver mail. I’m sure Australia Post would LOVE that as competition.
So at 9am I was sitting there, slowly caffeinating, and firing questions and ideas back and forth with my not-quite-7-year-old, when I saw a bus go past that I vaguely recognised as being used for school runs. I realised in that moment that many families had been rushing around getting school run done, and many parents heading off to work, yet here we were sitting calmly in a café, enjoying the morning and simply being together.
It’s so easy for me to forget in the daily stress of cleaning and caring for kids just what we are lucky enough to have, but in this moment, it was like that moment when the clouds part and you are bathed in pure sunlight. It’s beautiful.
Posted by jaybird93, 8th September 2016