This morning I felt very discouraged. Perhaps it was the result of being overtired. I don’t know.
It’s strange how grey the world looks when we’re tired. Earlier today, nothing excited me. I didn’t want to blog or podcast. Sharing unschooling didn’t seem important. All I wanted to do was close my computer and forget everything.
“Are you going to record a podcast today, Mum?”
“I’ve got nothing to say,” I replied. “I’ve said it all before. I’m just repeating myself.”
“You could work on your novel.”
“I don’t feel like doing that either.”
Yes, this morning, I lost my way. I might even have felt a bit (or a lot) sorry for myself.
Then something totally unexpected happened: The postman arrived with a very special letter from my ‘biggest fan’ who’d recently read my children’s novel The Angels of Abbey Creek. Oh my, it’s a good letter. It made me smile. It put me back on track. Suddenly I felt like doing something. I decided to record a podcast after all.
This week’s episode is a bit of a ramble. I went from thought to thought, covering lots of ground in a short time. I spoke off the top of my head, which is usually a big mistake. (Perhaps I should have made some notes!) Anyway, I hope you’ll listen to ep 56. These are a few of the things I talked about:
- my fan mail
- discouragement and encouragement
- talking to kids
- trusting and respecting kids
- how we need to have patience when trying new things
- why you should try unschooling
- how we all have something valuable to offer
- plus other rambling thoughts
Ep 41: Chores and Our Typical Unschooling Day
My Children’s Novel
A nine-year-old boy wrote to me and changed the course of my day. I’ve been thinking about that. Could I touch someone else’s life in a similar way? Perhaps I could write a few encouraging notes of my own. What do you think? Have you ever had a similar experience where someone’s kindness made a difference to your day?