Now you probably will not believe this but, I am a homebody. Strange to believe eh? I find that I can stay at my home with my boys for weeks on end without leaving the drive way with just a trip or two to the grocery store for staples. Or major shopping trips for things like feed, stock piling, or dreaded clothes shopping. I have basically been the same all my life --- been a latch key kid. However, after a discussion with my husband; it is not fair to turn my son's into the same personality.
We bought the Volvo so, I can branch out with the boys and meet other homeschooling families in our area. I want to instill in my sons the wanderlust I felt in my twenties as a singleton. The reason for this desire and change is quite simple.
We took our sons out to eat the other night and I noticed something about Saenz; I had not before. He got tense when more people showed up to have dinner at the same time as we did. This is not a fair thing for my son to experience. My husband has always said I love to be the center of attention but; it is more than that. I love people; love being in a crowd (watching folks), and thoroughly enjoy meeting people. I love learning new things, seeing places, tasting new foods, traveling to hidden treasures of little towns, and just being alive in the world among others. I did not learn this from my up bringing. I learned this wonderful trait from being in the world alone and having no choice but to reach out and connect with others.
This coming week; our family will be attending our first homeschool family gathering. We need to branch out and connect with others who have similiar interests. We have a desire for our sons to learn how to show animals in FFA (Future Farmers of America). Just today, Zephyr witnessed some Boy Scouts at a resturant in San Antonio and asked us if he too could be come a 'ranger.' I firmly believe it is time for all of us to build a network in our local community. Think about this.........
If our sons are happy in our home, being with folks in our community perhaps they too will want to raise their future families near us. Sure I want each of our sons to experience the world, serve in the military, go away to college, get that job in the big city but more than that. I want them to have a firm set of family roots to come back to --- kinda like migratory animals. (Hope that makes sense.)