My Absent Child

It is Tuesday evening as I write this, just 6:45 in the evening, and my 4-year-old is most likely down for the night.

Asleep by 6:45 pm?! This little girl played HARD today!

Today was Story Time at the library and we were all very excited – today we took three of our chickens to the library to help celebrate spring! There were lots of cameras snapping pictures and Emily was so excited that her chickens were in the spotlight.

After Story Time came lunch and then it was out to the yard for gardening and work on the coop. Moments later, Dave called to Emily, “Hey sweetie, someone’s calling your name!”

Sure enough, it was the granddaughter of our neighbor to the south. Moments later, our neighbor, her daughter-in-law and grandson and granddaughter were in our yard, admiring the plants and playing with Emily’s little covered wagon.

One of the best purchases I've ever made!

Pretty soon they were off to the other yard…and except for two lightning visits to change out of clothing into a swimsuit and then back into her regular clothing…I saw little or nothing of my child for over five hours.

Since the weather has warmed up, this is how it has been. Between the two older neighbors across the street, age 7 and 11 respectively, the neighbor to the north (nearly three) and Calistia – Emily’s social docket is overflowing and I’m getting a whole lot of writing and yard work done that I never expected to get accomplished so quickly.

My daughter, the social butterfly.

A few weeks ago, my posts for the Homeschool Advocate were pegged over two weeks in advance, there was so much to discuss, and my posts on The Deadly Nightshade (my gardening blog) were cobbled together on the fly, with me struggling at times to find material to write about.

Now?

The exact opposite.

There isn’t much homeschooling going on around here, folks. Not much at all!

Emily is still quite young – per state age requirements, she would not even enter kindergarten for another year and a half. So in that respect, I feel I have plenty of time. I’m also rejoicing – my child, so happy and outgoing, is having the time of her life interacting and playing with other children ranging in age from 2-12 years in age. She enjoys spending time with each of them, and they are diverse in interests, boys and girls, and from different backgrounds.

I guess I don’t need to worry about that socialization issue the non-homeschoolers seem so concerned with. I miss my absent child…I look forward to seeing more of her in late August!

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