“I love being home-schooled because I get one-on-one time with my mom.” – Cait with a C, age 13
We were out driving somewhere the other day – Cait, her mom, aunt and I —when Cait turned the talk to a unique escapade she and her mom pulled off one recent “school day” pre-dawn morn. Something so extraordinarily unlike anything I could’ve imagined at her age (back when getting to school was exhausting in itself), I admit my mouth was probably wide-open with the surprise — and the pure delight of it. Especially knowing how she and her mom enjoy their sleep as much as any of us —
“We got up before 5:30 and went swimming at MVP!” Cait crowed.
“You did what?” her aunt and I spluttered in wonder. Even knowing how home-schooling allows time for the out-of–the-ordinary, this one seemed so Mary Poppins’ Jolly Holiday-ish. It fairly sparkled in my mind as I thought of dawn streaking across the sky while they were sneaking out of their house… I’m not a swimmer, but the absolute fun of the idea of stolen hours together captures the imagination…
Between gulps of laughter, each of them spilling over the other, alternately relaying the details, Cait and her mom gave us the scoop. I could just picture them groggily stumbling out of bed, then delightedly pulling off their scheme like two conspirators – surreptitiously leaving dad and older sis to catch a few more zzzz’s, then packing – of all things – two bathing suits, clothes to change, purse and set of car keys!
“It was actually so refreshing to be up before anyone else, watching the light dawn,” Cait’s mom told us. “And you should’ve seen the amazed look on the woman’s face who was watching the pool area — she exclaimed over us, saying ‘you two really look like you’re enjoying each other!’” Cait’s mom told us, smile in voice.
“Yeah, like that was so amazing!” Cait added with a chuckle.
“Yeah, and of course people were asking us what we were doing there so early, and whenever we explain about home-schooling, people always say the same thing –” Cait continued, “you, know – um, do you spend all day in your pajamas? How great that must be!”
Cait went on. “Hah! As if I just sit around – I get dressed and work like other kids – I mean, duh – that’s why it’s called school!” She laughed, shaking her head a bit scornfully. “It’s just while I’m still home-schooled we can plan fun dates once in awhile…”
A sweet look I recognized passed between Cait and her mom. Shared memories that bond hearts.
Mmmm…I thought. Fun dates. Maybe the kind of wondrous un-holiday only a homeschooling teacher and her pupil could snatch on a “school day.”
Yet… MAYBE…it’s one any mom and daughter could plan some days…
My mind went back to one day when I was just about 8 or 9. I wanted to stay home from school – wasn’t really too sick… but for some reason Mom agreed. And we drove to a local children’s fancy dress shop to have tea with a friend who worked there. What a loverly mix of playing hooky just a mere mile away from school and feeling a little grown up to be “out with the girls” on a weekday! That moment, even if just a little fuzzy, stays in my mind like a warm cup of chocolate…
As Mary P. would say, we all need those jolly holidays…even if just for a few unexpected hours… So deliciously, supercalifragilistic!
Have you taken an “un-holiday” lately?
© Pam Depoyan