What exactly is a big deal to MamaTea?
1. When you find your six year old sitting in the doorway of the barn with book he found and just can't put down. And he's reading you facts from it. Just cuz' he wants to. How did this happen?
2. When your family can stop on the arch bridge in the backyard to watch a fearless painted turtle for as long as you want...just because you can. That the kids can ask as many questions as they want about that turtle. Because you have nothing else you absolutely have to be doing at that time.
3. When your husband, in a maybe sort of heated phone conversation with his mom, in response to her ramblings about how MamaTea should probably go out and get a job that would allow her to be home with the kids when they get off the bus when we get around to putting them in public school...Hubster flat out says to his Mama "But we don't plan on putting them in public school."
I should clarify #3. I have a sneaking suspicion that those who appear to be tolerant of our choice to homeschool on the Hubster's side of the family were doing so because they figured when we are able to move back to the area we once lived in, we'd plop the kids "back in school". As in, our decision to homeschool was only a quick fix bandaid way to deal with temporaraily being out of the district we had always intended to live in. Which wasn't the case. And I know that. And I figured he felt that too. But just to hear the Love of My Life say it out loud. To his Mom. Um, wow.
Yep, that's a big deal.