What an incredible few weeks it has been.
I have been working with a group of very inspirational high-school students between the ages of 14 and 18, teaching them entrepreneurship. The first semester with them culminated last Saturday, with their business plan presentations to four very senior judges in front of an audience of almost 200 people, including the local County Governor and media. Next semester we are moving on to Social Entrepreneurship. It has kept me both busy and inspired.
Not too busy though to notice the absence of Connor.
Connor went to Australia at the beginning of this month, to spend six weeks with my family for Christmas. The first time that any of us have been back there in well over three years.
The link to homeschooling?
On the upside, he can actually go this year, whereas in past years it has been school as usual, even on Christmas day, as it is not a relevant holiday here in Asia.
On the downside, having him home all of the time while homeschooling has brought us even closer together (and we were close before) and I have been missing him a lot, even with so much work going on.
I have had people tell me “I could never spend all that time with my kids” when I tell them we homeschool. I know from other homeschoolers that they have also heard this. Personally, I cannot imagine feeling this way. I love being around kids (recently I have realized that this has become my term for anyone under about 21, sometimes under 30), not just spending time with Connor, but also with his friends and now, with our students for entrepreneurship. Kids are hugely inspiring if you listen to them and get to know them as people.
What this few weeks without him around has foreshadowed is that in a few short years he will probably never live long-term with us again. Whilst I would never want to stunt his life by wishing otherwise, that transition is going to be a very difficult one for me to make.
I never really thought of what homeschooling would do to our relationship. I was confident that it would not be a negative, but I didn’t think about how much harder it would make it to get to know him so much better than when he was at school, only to have him move on.
Having tasted just a few weeks without him around and with three more to go – I am not looking forward to his final days living with us, at all.
A downside to homeschooling that I had never thought of.