Last week I spent a hot, sweaty afternoon combing the covered bazaar of our Middle Eastern City in search of an elusive goal: a silver Tiffany bracelet with a heart charm. Finally, at 6:00p.m., I found a merchant who had one hidden in the back of her crowded store. After 20 minutes of hard bargaining, the bracelet was mine. Obviously it was a look alike, considering where I bought it. Still, it was silver and beautiful, and when I saw my daughter’s face on her birthday morning, the hard search seemed worth it. [Read more…]
Everyday life is full of bumps and jolts. You lose your keys in the bottomless pit of your purse. Your car stops running in the middle of a 4 lane street, and your husband’s out of town. Your teenager is upset with you because you won’t let her go to a Pink Floyd concert in a city 9 hours away. It’s easy to lose your cool. [Read more…]
Home schooling was one thing I never thought I’d do. It seemed kind of, well, weird, and everyone says that your kids will be social misfits if you homeschool, right? In fact if we’d been living in America, I might never have home schooled, but we ended up in the Middle East, and in our country education is all about memorization. This wasn’t what I wanted for my kids.
As I get ready to dive into my 12th year home schooling, I’m already thinking about a few things that help me to keep my head above water. [Read more…]
These days I’m the wicked witch of the west around here. Because I keep mentioning a start-up date for homeschool, and my kids are happy to continue summer vacation, thank you very much. Where we live, local schools don’t open until after September 15th, which makes me extremely unpopular when I suggest starting in August. I’m trying to justify my dictatorial position by letting them know that in other parts of the world, kids are already starting school. [Read more…]
Wow, is night time over already?
Do I really have to go walking this morning? [Read more…]