“Thank you, Imogen for helping me today,” I said. “I could never have sorted out my new book cover without your help.”
Imogen looked up from her computer and said, “That’s okay, Mum! I was happy to help.”
Then Charlotte wandered into the family room with my husband Andy. “Have you finished your Power Point presentation?” I asked her
“Nearly,” she replied, and then added, “Thank you, Dad, for showing me how to put it together.”
“I enjoyed helping,” said Andy. “And thank you for helping me with my school posters.” He held up a huge picture of a lobster reading a book. (A lobster reading a book? He’s a year 2 teacher!) “Doesn’t this look good? Charlotte helped me paint it.”
We all admired Andy’s and Charlotte’s work before I remembered someone else who needed thanking.
“Thank you for helping with my washing today,” I said to Gemma-Rose. “I was running out of things to wear.”
Gemma-Rose grinned. “Isn’t it awful when you look in your drawer and all you can see is that one horrible jumper you hate wearing?”
“Oh yes!” I grinned back. “You’ve saved me from that. I’ve now got plenty of things to wear. Thank you!”
“We seem to be doing a lot of thanking,” someone observed.
“Yes,” I agreed. “Everyone did lots of helping today. Except me.”
“You walked the dog,” said Imogen. “That helped.”
“But I didn’t even have to hold the leash,” I objected. “You volunteered to come with me and did that.”
I then remembered another helpful volunteer. “Thank you, Sophie, for helping me with the images for Suzie Andres’ new blog page. You didn’t get any time to yourself this evening. You probably hoped to get your new blog design up and running. I’m sorry about that.”
“That’s okay. Plenty of time to do that tomorrow,” said Sophie. “Anyway, you did more work on Suzie’s page than me.”
“I did do some helping today,” I said. “I helped Suzie Andres.”
Do you know Suzie? She’s the author of the homeschooling books Homeschooling with Gentleness and A Little Way of Homeschooling. She has also just published her first novel, The Paradise Project. Suzie needs a place on the web, somewhere she can share her books and other treasures, so I invited her to join me here on my blog. And that’s why I’m putting together a page for her.
The page is ‘under construction’. It’s in a bit of a mess at the moment. I need to work on the design (with Sophie’s help) and add additional images and information. But we’re hoping the page will look good when it’s finished. So please keep watch!
I used to think if we allowed our children to follow their own interests they’d focus only on themselves. They would go off down their own pathways and never interact or care about anyone else, becoming selfish and self-absorbed. But that’s not true. Unschoolers love sharing their talents, their ideas, their help.