Becca actually came up with today’s topic. She’s just amazed these days, watching the younger kids maturing and changing. And now she knows how I feel!
When you’re involved in a homeschool group, you almost become a parent (or aunt or uncle) to everybody else’s kids too. That whole “it takes a village” comes to mind. We love all of the children as if they’re family. We hug them, correct them, cry for them and cheer for them. We’re directly involved in everyone else’s lives, because we’re around each other so much. For someone who doesn’t have family (like us), our homeschool family became more than just friends… Our lives revolve around them. They ARE our family.
When we started homeschooling, Becca was 9! A little skinny kid with crooked teeth and a sunny attitude. Today, well she looks wayyyy too much like an adult, her teeth are straight (thanks to orthodontics) and she’s still sunny (well, with about a 20 percent chance of clouds and rain). ;oD
Her friends are driving (and she soon will be too). They’re taking more interest in the opposite sex (ack!) and they’re more interested in “hanging out” than going on field trips, doing school work, or just about anything else!
It’s tough to see them change and grow. But we must let them grow up, get out, and need us less and less. And when they suffer a heartbreak (with friends, with “crushes”), they need us more than ever.
Sometimes it’s hard to let go. And we’re constantly reminded that it’s not time…not just yet…