All of us have an image in their head of homeschooling perfection. For some it is everyone sitting on the sofa listening to mom read. For others it is a trip to a museum where the little kids behave perfectly and the older children amaze the docent by their amazing knowledge of historical facts. Mine? A mental snapshot of all the children in the schoolroom peacefully together: baby Timmy cooing in the swing, Charlie on the floor silently pushing a car, Maggie coloring her workbook, Will and Mary intently writing and figuring.
For the first time in our 3 1/2 years of schooling, I saw that moment. Perhaps 10 minutes worth. Oh, it was lovely. Then Timmy started fussing, wanting milk and a nap. Charlie wanted some juice, Maggie got bored and bugged Will. Mary started whining about not wanting to finish her page of arithmetic and Will became frustrated with the noise and banged on the piano.
Perhaps I will see another flash of homeschooling perfection. My guess is that it will happen in 2010.