Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Lone Heron
When my husband first saw this Heron he couldn’t resist the temptation to get a few good photos. As a family we love nature and photography, so why wouldn’t he? We were very delighted and surprised that the Heron “stayed put” after so many photos (some of them taken very near to him). Even so, we walked gingerly and respectfully quiet toward him. Through it all the Heron did get a little nervous at the end, but remained tolerant of our photos, and quiet “oohs and aaahs” at being so close to such a beautiful bird.
Sometimes I feel like that Heron. He had taken a different path from the others, and was alone when we saw him. In the same way our family is alone among other family members, in some of the choices that we have made. We are so much happier now that we have made the choices that we have, but sometimes we get the feeling that we are being watched closely and observed. Sometimes there is open encouragement and support, and sometimes not so much.
Some of our family thinks “that all kids should be in school”, and they are leery of our decisions. “We are definitely NOT mainstream!”, they say. So we don’t watch the latest TV shows, but we do watch some of the older wholesome TV shows online. We educate our kids at home. We work together, and watching educational videos are as much of a treat for our kids as watching a movie. They read, and watch the news, and check out the weather radar online. They take the classes that interest them at the co-op and in the community at nature centers and such, and play “pretend” rather than video games. We do a lot of activities with other kids, and their families outside the home. We visit friends after church on Sunday. And we enjoy games together, like “Scrabble” and “On Assignment With National Geographic”. Why does that make us so weird?
We all make different decisions for our families. I don’t make the choices that you might. And you might not make some of the choices that I have. When looking at me, learn to see things from my point of view before you form an opinion. If you give me the gentle understanding and grace that I deserve, then I will be able to let you know me better.
I am looking forward to knowing you better as well! If you have your own blog, let me know. You may also drop me a line at my profile page.