Friday, February 18, 2011
Home Spun comic strip #585
All of us make choices in life. Every day is full of decisions and many of those decisions are financial ones. My series this week is not meant to disparage the choices of my fellow parents, but to enlighten those who think I share their idea of wealth and have the ability to homeschool as well. I do not. I simply made a choice thirteen years ago that I wanted to try homeschooling. Each year I choose it again.
I don't think we want for anything. We have basic cable television and a couple of computers thanks to my geeky husband. We don't have the latest cellphones and we never had handheld games. I'm really good at getting books for free or at a discount, so our house is packed with books. We are lucky that we have a close extended family who can be incredibly generous at Christmastime and birthdays. I also have some generous friends in real life and in the blogging world who have blessed us with gifts of books, clothes, and supplies. We have a home with a big yard, but it is also the smallest house on the block. Our unpaved driveway is more of a mud pit since the snow started melting this week. And we have a lot of cats. I'm not sure why, it just happened.
What I am trying to say here is that we all make choices. Homeschooling families are no different from any other family. We do without or we find a way to pay for what we want. We all have different needs and desires. The one choice homeschoolers have in common is the desire to educate their children at home. A lot of us do that on one salary, but some families do have dual incomes and there are also single parents who have chosen this path. Can we afford it? I would think many of these families would say they can't afford not to. We make it work, because we want it to. I'm thankful I made the choice to homeschool. It's a tough job, and I know it's not for everyone, but it was something I had to do.
Even if it means I have to wait ten more years to pave that driveway.