You ever happen upon that family who is amazing? Last year, at the science center, the award winners from local science fairs were on display. We spent some time wandering through the tri-fold boards and models. We ooh-ed and ahh-ed quite a bit. There were two boards that were spectacular. They happened to be homeschoolers and siblings. My jaw dropped as I read their reports.
We are not that sort of family.
In our spare time, we catch toads in the backyard and play grappling games on the monkey bars. Neither activities are condoned, but allowed until someone gets salmonella or breaks a bone. No one around here is researching solar panels or writing novels. Everett does do a lot of reading, but I tease him that he "reads a little too much Cheetos and not enough broccoli". Eli wants to be an inventor. He has many fabulous ideas (like a super hero converting machine that turns you into your favorite super hero), but so far they are all cardboard prototypes.
We aren't one of those Time magazine cover families. I was thinking about those families and wondering what their lives were like, behind the scenes. Do parents push their children to do all of the extras or do the kids just take off on their own? Is this 'enjoyment' of academics genetic? If so, I will shrug since I don't see Einstein emerging in our five. They are fantastic, and brilliant in their own ways, but...they want to check the education box for the day and spend the rest of their afternoon playing.
I was thinking about children creating solar powered toys as I showered, wondering how its done--this art of raising up brilliant children. When I emerged from showering bliss, my children had raided the linen closet. Much to my delight, they were parading around in togas discussing who they were from the Roman Empire.
I call that 'enjoying academics'.