“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
A Bright and Rainy Day
Today was the day of the big homeschooling group picnic - an annual affair held to kick off the new academic year.
As luck would have it, the weather was lousy. All the way down to the park Alex lamented the gray skies. But the rain came in soft showers that didn't deter the kids from having a great time. By the time we left three hours later they were wet, exhausted and happy.
We are really lucky to have a very large homeschooling group, and if you are homeschooling or considering it, do yourself and your kids a favor and find one in your area. Regardless of what some paranoid, over-protective (or lazy) homeschoolers will tell you, kids do benefit from peer relationships and homeschooling parents have a duty to make sure their kids get the interaction they crave. Our group meets twice a week and offers more activities than we could possibly ever fit into our schedule.
Alex and Lucas started off playing with kids their own age, but as the afternoon wore on they joined older and younger kids under the picnic shelter for an improv workshop and later everyone went back - even though it was still raining - to splash in the puddles.
It was a good afternoon, and on the way home we spotted a water lily in bloom and I stopped to take a picture of it. It's pretty, isn't it? - and more evidence that rain can't damper perfect moments if you don't let it.