Having kids and especially homeschooling kids, has made me wake up and notice things going on in the world around me that I never noticed before. I always thought I was basically with it on the local cultural front. I went to some concerts, hit the museums often, knew a bunch of good walks in the woods. Now I know that I knew nothing before I had kids. Seriously, nothing.
Take the fact that I had never picked a single blueberry, apple or sugar snap pea at a local farm. Or take the Washington Folk Festival, which took place just a couple weeks ago. Before kids, not only had I never been, I had never heard of it. Now, I would hate to miss it. Two days full of every kind of folk music and dance you can imagine and completely for free (unless you need to buy a funnel cake, which you might). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of stuff I have discovered since having kids. I find these things because I want to take the kids and introduce them to the world. However, I often think about how I enjoy these outings at least as much as them.
This week, we’re off on an adventure to Georgia to see relatives. Before we left, I excitedly told the husband about the millions of side excursions I envisioned. He laughed at me and said I had such a homeschool mentality. “Of course you want to go everywhere. Because you think it will be educational!” he told me. It’s so true! The question is, am I escorting them on these trips or are they just my excuse to see new things? Who’s educating who here?