JMJ *My home is usually more of an organized mess than not, unless I am expecting company or hosting an event. There are usually multiple projects going on in multiple rooms of the house. I prefer calling it a creative mess! To me, it means that learning is taking place.
Ring the School Bell 124/180 Days
A frustrating morning started with an attempt to organize my closet, something I imagined would take 20 minutes or so. One by one, I pulled out items which did not really belong there to start with, that were hiding, in the dark closet where things are “out of sight, out of mind.” In other words, the side which holds mostly seasonal clothes for the off-season, was swallowed up by things that either needed to be mended, repaired or worked on, or simply tossed into the abyss for no apparent reason whatsoever. In the busyness of everyday life, the items were forgotten there.
So…after tediously transferring everything to the bedroom floor, I annoyingly contemplated what to do, as this was just supposed to be a pause in the school day, and not the major undertaking it had become.
After being tempted to stuff everything back into the closet and thus heaving it back into oblivion, I resisted the temptation and did the right thing. I organized everything in small piles on the coffee table in the living room, which would motivate me to tackle a little at a time, every day, until I had my coffee table back. At least now it was an organized mess!
My home is usually more of an organized mess than not, unless I am expecting company or hosting an event. There are usually multiple projects going on in multiple rooms of the house. I prefer calling it a creative mess! To me, it means that learning is taking place. I don’t like to be preoccupied with having a pristine-looking house. I love the bustle of the school year, with all of its commitments, classes and activities. It excites me to see my kids work on their passions and develop new interests. There are always so many projects going on simultaneously!
The all-consuming rhythm of the school year, infused with breaks in the fall, winter and spring, I will certainly miss when all of my children have graduated.
We are thriving in our creative “messy” home!
After the most annoying encounter with my closet, I was ready to move on to our academics. The afternoon included an awesome field trip to the Reagan Library Spy Exhibit where my sullen spirits were cheered. We learned all about spy history, hidden spy cameras, and “drops”. I had butterflies in my stomach as I dodged the lasers in the laser maze with the girls. (I can’t believe I did that!)
To cap off the day, as a belated birthday celebration for John, we headed out to watch “Saving Mr. Banks” at the local theater after a lovely dinner at the Macaroni Grill.
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette