Sorry for the silence. Every time we return to China, it takes a few days to slip back into life here, which always elicits a complicated reaction (more on that in a future post). That said, my lack of presence is really due to the fact that I have been overwhelmed with homeschooling my children. I’m sure some of you have wondered how that was going or at least have a good idea after reading the title of this post. I have always admired the work of teachers but after this year I will forever be grateful to the teachers that have and will in the future teach my children. I will make sure the box of chocolates is replaced by a bottle of wine or better yet, I will gift you the chocolate and the wine. You deserve it. And to those out there who choose to homeschool their children and actually enjoy it, I bow to you. This sh*t is hard!
Sure, sometimes, homeschooling can look like this:
But most often, it looks like this:
And if I had the presence of mind to snap a photo, you would see that sometimes there are tears. I won’t admit who was driven to tears. Possibly student. Possibly teacher. Possibly both. Turns out that patience is the most critical qualification for homeschooling ones own children. Who knew? Not one of my strengths. Again who knew? Rhetorical question. So yeah, how’s homeschooling going? Never again.