When Less is More (On Brave Writer and Crabby Days)
I have a confession to make…
I’m addicted to the morning Brave Writer Facebook Lives . My kids actually think that Julie Bogart is skyping with me… and that’s okay. (They also think that Kenny Chesney comes to Boston every August for my birthday…. Don’t I wish!)
Anyway, this week one of Julie’s FB live readings hit home more than usual. It was titled “Less is More”… and that is something I truly believe. (This is coming from the woman who reads and rereads this book.)
As I mentioned the other day, we’re in a funk. The kids are post-sick crabby and we cannot dig ourselves out of it. Every morning I think of something new. What if I try this, or do that? What if I’m super goofy? What if we just play games?
(What if I hide in a closet all day long? I kid! I kid!!)
Today, after listening to Julie’s words, I decided to clear the schedule. It was a gorgeous autumn day here in NH. It was sunny, with blue skies and amazing fall foliage. I decided we’d just do Brave Writer.
And so I took the kids to the lake. We packed an actual picnic basket and a poetry book. We chose Poe because Halloween is on the horizon.
Then we spent several wonderful, and empty, hours together.
Yes, we managed to read some Poe, in the sunshine, on the beach.
But more than that, we chatted. We collected snail shells. The kids chased geese. They skipped rocks. They picked up litter. They played soccer with a ball that they found. We watched a bird catch a gigantic fish and carry it the entire length of the lake. (All of this reminded me of another book I read and reread.)
You also need to know that, despite those smiles above, it wasn’t perfect. The kids were still crabby. The afternoon was sprinkled with squabbles and meltdowns. One child even told me I was “THE MEANEST MOM EVER!!” (I used cap here because said child was hollering at the time.)
But, like Julie said, it was “less” and it was “more”…
And, truly, the entire time I felt wholly grateful that I am able to homeschool, and that we were able to enjoy a beautiful day together outside (even with the cranky moments).
Here’s a photo. It’s adorable. It was one moment in a pretty crabby day that was worlds better than most crabby days.
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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