Yesterday was our homeschooling group's park day. Everyone is trying to figure out what they will be doing this summer. I always look forward to summer because I always think of it in terms of my own childhood--school ends, vacation begins, and I finally have time to just relax. I have fond memories of those lazy days, free of the responsibility of homework and papers. I could daydream, play in the backyard, and swing in the hammock with a good book.
Homeschooling summers are notably different. This year, my time will likely be split between taking Marina to her things and Chase to his things. I think Sierra is planning things too. She asked me if it would be okay to call her friends and make arrangements for them to get together, that way she would free me from the planning stage and all I would need to do is figure out how to get her there. Simple.
My homeschooling summers seem to always follow the schedules of others. We used to get together every summer with several other families and the kids would put together backyard stage productions. As stressed as I was doing them, it gave me my first flirtations with unschooling. While earlier plays were directed by one of the parents, eventually the parents just spent time talking together while our children did everything from writing scripts to set design to directing. I'm not saying they were free of problems. Some of the kids made tough directors. We had our share of hurt feelings and, in later years, teen angst, but in spite of all, they pulled together some great performances.
These days, I follow the busy schedule of a daughter who is working and spending two weeks in England, a son who will have an apprenticeship working with a blacksmith and an internship in computer animation, and a preteen who wants time with her friends. You would think this would give me more time to myself, but I've already filled my own time with volunteer commitments to the library and the nature center. My yard and garden also needs more attention this time of year, and I usually take on one DIY project each summer.
Hmmm...I should probably plan time for doing nothing. I miss having nothing to do.