Thursday, November 10, 2011
Yesterday we joined a brand new co-op, and for me, situations like these are always somewhat nerve racking. New people and families, unclear expectations, you know--the unknown. Yet, as usual my apprehension was unnecessary as we were met with smiles, friendly greetings and open arms. Turns out we knew about half of the families, confirming that it is a small world here after all :).
There is a stream that runs through this beautiful park in the heart of downtown Orlando. It's a child's dream... full of minnows, mud, and a steep bank to climb up and down. Both my kids disappeared from the moment we arrived, having quickly found their friends, new and old, mingling and reveling in all that nature provided. We did eventually wrangle them from the green, like pulling unwilling weeds from their possessive dirt bed. We made duct tape wallets, talked about folk music, and had a friendly contest on building the most "sound" structures from dried spaghetti and mini marshmallows. I could not help but glow from watching these children interact with each other, teens working side by side with 6 year olds, making sure they felt included and contributive. This is exactly how I imagined homeschooling to be. Kids of all ages outside playing together, working together, finding treasures together, getting soaking wet, completely muddy, stinking like the stream and ruining good shoes kind of togetherness. Yeah, it was awesome.