Never mind, you won’t be able to.
Tomorrow, school starts!
Okay, I’m sorry for the slight sarcasm below the gif up there. If you guys could just bear with me for the rest of this post, that’d be great.
So, my family is homeschooled. We have been since I was 9 and going into fourth grade. This year is my oldest sister’s senior year and my youngest sister’s first preschool year.
Well, we usually start school the Monday after Labor Day. But we had to postpone twice. Which is why we’re starting tomorrow.
At this point, I’m sure all of you are either puzzled or curiously glaring at me. I keep saying “we”. You’ve done the math and by that math, I graduated from school 4 or 5 years ago. So… why do I keep speaking like I’m starting school, too?
Well, because the school year affects me, too. I help the hobbits with their school work on occasion. I help out around the house, cooking and cleaning and such. Also, the school year gives me time to work on writing quietly and uninterrupted (which, around here, is something that happens very, very rarely) while the hobbiteses are doing their studies.
I have my own studies, too.
No, I’m not going to college or taking courses online.
I am learning how to write novels. In more ways than just writing them. There are books on writing that I read (I’m currently reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont). There is a lecture series (taught by Brandon Sanderson!) on YouTube.
And of course, I’m still writing! I’m trying to teach myself efficient/quick writing. Failing grade right now…
I’m learning German.
I’m reading some of the classics. And reading other stuff too,
which helps me learn how to write.
Math? I do a ridiculous amount of math everyday. Do you know how much a family of 10 eats? How do you divide 6 graham crackers between 8 sibs? And how do you share a pack of M&M’s?
The science and history are spontaneous. They usually happen through Wikipedia.
For writing purposes.
Yeah, I know, none of this is required of me (Except for the math. Don’t ever give one kid more M&M’s than another!). But this is stuff I want to do. This is stuff I want to learn.
And you know what? You never stop learning.
One day, you will be done with school. You will be done with college. But after that, are you going to stop reading? (I sincerely hope not. I actually knew a guy who stopped reading after ten years of college.) Are you going to stop writing? Are you just going to stop?
You will always learn. You will, with every day, become smarter, more knowledgeable. And knowledge is power.
Don’t forget to be awesome.