Monday, June 28, 2010

A Precious Perspective

I never really expected to be a mom. I totally gave up on the potential of being married based on the massive amount of debt and failure I'd accumulated in my short 28 years of life. But then miracles happened and I did meet a Godly saint and married him as soon as he asked me, or shortly there after. I progressively submitted and have since then stayed married to the afore mentioned saint.

After a regular amount of time, in my eyes at least, we became parents to a healthy and easy child. After another reasonable amount of time, we, I reluctantly, welcomed twins. They were all excessively healthy and bright children. Easy… too easy. I never had to work to have children. I had to work some more than I would have expected to keep the children growing and learning, but everything was and is very easy.

So many people work for years to have children and then some others loose those precious gifts so quickly. Others watch as their babies die from diseases that drag on and suffer so long. But, I get to enjoy these young people, not yet tax payers; and yet do I really appreciate what I have? Does anyone ever appreciate what they have? So much of the time we move so fast or check out so quickly, then don’t get to see how precious these people are to us. Why is it that so many parents don’t realize how fast their children are growing and so much happening that they don’t get to slow down and pay attention to the simple events of the day?

And, yet, do I submit their lives to fate? Nope, but I catch myself so often trying to control everything. Doesn’t God love them more than I do? Aren’t they really His? So, yep, I accepted some odd chance to teach them according to the simplest method I could have discovered by providence from The Well Trained Mind about classical education. I’m continuing to teach them this coming school year because is just feels right and is expected. Easy…

So what’s classical education? According to one mom at seven's heaven: "The object of this kind of Christian and Classical education was not merely the accumulation of knowledge. Instead it was to equip a whole new generation of leaders with the necessary tools to exercise discernment, discretion, and discipline in their lives and over their callings. Despite their meager resources, rough-hewn facilities, and down-to-earth frontier ethic, they maintained continuity with all that had given birth to the wisdom of the West." She quoted George Grant.

I go against what is common in my life and choose to be a wife, home-maker and home-schooling mom. And, some day I’ll go on to what ever else is set for me to do. But I’ll do it with few regrets of having missed something. Living a life without would have, should have or could have moments isn't so easy, but it's a goal.

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