anew. -adverb. 1. over again. again. once more. to play the tune anew. 2. in a new form or manner. to write the story anew.
august. summers’ lease winding down. yet it is still so hot. everyone is getting to bed a little earlier. short lessons replace non-stop fun. a skeleton of a schedule is scribbled on notebook paper. stacks of index cards and colorful post-it notes grace the inside of a creamy white crate on the bookshelf next to my bed. promising that i’ll “get it right” this year.
this is the homeschool song.
it is the tune we’ve played for eleven years now.
a very big part of the story of us.
i won’t go into details about books or curriculum. it might overwhelm you.
heck. it overwhelms me!
and besides. this experience is unique to every family.
i don’t have all of the answers. every year is different. every child different.
and i don’t do this with the hope of being that family anymore.
you know that family. the one with the traveling band. wearing matching/color-coordinated outfits. bringing in millions of dollars of revenue every year. they read the bible six hours a day. cook fine french cuisine. the children speak eleven different languages and have already been accepted to harvard.
we are this family.
unique and precious in the eyes of God.
we struggle. and succeed. and struggle again.
it is the same story anew.
the story of the cross.
the story of the christian: family. homeschool. etc.
so that table didn’t get painted quite yet. and the books haven’t all arrived on time.
but the enthusiasm is fresh. the crayons are still sharp.
and there is a new black kitty who loves: to be snuggled. eat broiled salmon. plain greek yogurt. and sleep in the bathroom sink.
so deep down i really don’t expect we’ll ever get it right.
but tone-deaf or not i keep on listening.
’cause i really love our song…..